Franklin Levert / Getty Images Treehugger has been writing about the problems of meat forever, we have been pitching vegetarian and vegan diets for years as a way of reducing one’s carbon footprint, and we keep writing posts about reducing our intake of meat . But it is a hard sell; as Bill Gates writes in his new book , “I can see the appeal of that argument, but I don’t think it’s realistic. For one thing, meat plays too important a role in human culture. In many parts of the world, even where it’s scarce, eating meat is a crucial part of festivals and celebrations. In France, the gastronomic meal – including starter, meat or fish, cheese, and dessert – is officially listed as part of the country’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” A new data dump from the Our World In Data gang gives a different graphic perspective. Hannah Ritchie titles her report ” If the world adopted a plant-based diet we would reduce global agricultural land use from 4 to 1 billion hectares, a 75% reduction ,” but as Bill Gates notes, that is a stretch for a lot of people. When it comes to land […]

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