The destruction of land and the failure to return it to rainforest and natural conditions and instead use it for agriculture results in up to four times as much greenhouse gas (GHG) remaining in the atmosphere, with beef causing 86 times as much damage as wheat, according to research published in the respected peer-reviewed journal Nature.

Timothy Searchinger, a Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute, and his co-authors have developed a carbon benefits index showing the impact agriculture has on carbon emissions. They found that land-use choices “can have much greater implications ...


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