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Which proteins to limit in your diet in order to be environmentally friendly.

“If you’ve ever found yourself arguing about whether eating meat is healthy for you and the planet and, if so, which meat to eat, you now have some answers. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), which brought us the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of the 12 most pesticide-ridden fruits and vegetables, released a report today showcasing the carbon footprint of 20 conventionally grown popular protein sources, from lentils to lamb.” Read more here

The big takeaway of this article for me was the following:
5 Worst Protein Choices for the Environment
1. Lamb
2. Beef
3. Cheese
4. Pork
5. Farmed Salmon

5 Best Protein Choices for the Environment
1. Milk
2. Beans
3. Tofu
4. Eggs
5. Chicken
No real surprise there for me, except maybe the farmed salmon.  They largely look at the CO2 (equivalent) footprint associated with the farming method and animal type (lambs and cows burping up methane).