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Being vegan good for environment: Study

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Are you planning to go vegan very soon? That's good news for our home planet as a new study claims that a diet high in fruit and vegetables is better for the than one rich in

This is mainly due to the of livestock farming as well as the very large contribution of livestock to greenhouse gas emissions, said the study.

In addition, intensive livestock production is also responsible for significant biodiversity loss due to conversion of natural habitats to grass and feed crops, the researchers noted.

The study, published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, also found that provides significant, additional climate benefits for plant-based

"We wanted to provide a more comprehensive picture of how different impact the environment," said Louise Seconda, at the Agence De L'Environnement Et De La Maitrise De L'Energie, an environmental protection organization in

"In particular, it is of considerable interest to consider the impacts of both plant-based foods and organic foods," Seconda added.

For the study, the researchers obtained information on and consumption from more than 34,000 adults.

They used what is called a 'provegetarian' score to determine preferences for plant-based or

The researchers also conducted production life cycle environmental impact assessments at the farm level against three environmental indicators - greenhouse gas emissions, and land occupation.

After combining the consumption and farm production data, the results showed that diet-related environmental impacts were reduced with a -- particularly

"The consumption of added even more environmental benefits for a plant-based diet," Seconda said.



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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 12:34 IST