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New research shows white people deserve the most blame for how their eating habits impact climate change, and argues new policies like the Green New Deal need to take race into account to save the planet.
“The food pipeline – which includes its production, distribution and waste – contributes significantly to climate change through the production of greenhouse gasses and requires significant amounts of water and land, which also has environmental effects,” according to Joe Bozeman, a at the University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Environmental Science and Policy. “If we are to draft policies related to food, they can’t be one-size-fits-all policies because different populations have different eating patterns which have their own unique impacts on the environment.”
Bozeman - Lead - Author - Researchers - Food
Bozeman, the lead author, and other researchers looked at food and water consumption estimates in the Food Commodity Intake Database – an EPA program that measures what Americans eat and drink – and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which gauges daily intake. The academics then compared those figures with estimates on the environmental impact of specific foods “obtained from various databases and from the scientific literature,” according to EurekAlert!, “The Global Source for Science News.”
Analysis - Researchers - Individuals - Average - Kilograms
According to their analysis, the researchers found that white individuals produced an average of 680 kilograms of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide each year that can be directly linked to what they ate and drank, while Latinx individuals produced 640 kilograms of carbon dioxide and blacks produced 600 kilograms of carbon dioxide each year.
In other words, white people supposedly eat more “environmentally intense” foods, like apples, potatoes, beef and milk, Bozeman said.
Difference - Numbers - Individuals - Whites - Majority
“While the difference may not seem enormous, these numbers are per individual, and when you add up all those individuals, it’s very clear that whites are responsible for the majority of greenhouse gases emitted...
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