WHITE AMERICANS’ FOOD CHOICES ARE CONTRIBUTING DISPROPORTIONATELY TO CLIMATE CHANGE

A new study finds that more greenhouse gases are emitted producing the typical diet of a white American than that of a Hispanic or African American.

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It’s very clear that whites are responsible for the majority of greenhouse gases emitted as a result of their food choices,” researchers write. (Photo: Edward Franklin/Unsplash)

Would you like to limit your carbon footprint? Environmentally conscious people often try to do so through measures like recycling, avoiding driving, and turning down the thermostat. But doing everything you can also mean changing your diet—and that goes especially for white people.

just-published study finds that more greenhouse gases are emitted producing the typical diet of a white American than that of a Hispanic or African American.

A research team led by Joe F. Bozeman III of the University of Illinois–Chicago reports that whites produced an average of 680 kilograms of carbon dioxide each year that can be directly linked to their diet. That compares to 640 kilograms for Latinos, and only 600 for black Americans.

“While the differences may not be enormous, these numbers are per individual,” Bozeman noted in announcing the findings. “When you add up all of those individuals, it’s very clear that whites are responsible for the majority of greenhouse gases emitted as a result of their food choices.” MORE

 

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