USA Today Explains Why Veganism Can Save the Planet

Decreasing carbon footprints is attainable through veganism, publication says.

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To celebrate Earth Month, USA TODAY College—a partner network with national publication USA TODAY—ran an online feature last Friday detailing four ways in which veganism can have a huge impact of the planet. The piece, written by University of Southern California student Morgan Buckley, explains how decreasing meat consumption has a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, land use, water conservation, and waste prevention. “It turns out that eating meat increases your carbon footprint more than driving your car,” Buckley says. The story also details how “animal waste contributes to what is called eutrophication, which is when nitrogen and other toxic chemicals are released into soil.” In addition to the environmental impacts of meat consumption, a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry reveals that carnivores are twice as likely to have rage disorder.