A plate of salad with sliced avocado, lettuce, tomatoes on the vine, sliced bell pepper, chickpeas, cubes of sweet potato, shredded cabbage, and sprouts, with dressing drizzled over the top.

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Eating a diet that is rich in plants, and consuming less meat, helps to reduce the carbon footprint involved in food production. Raising animals for meat results in clearing forests for grazing. The energy needed to process and distribute the meat comes from burning fossil fuels. Eating lower on the food chain uses less energy and results in fewer carbon emissions, which is better for the climate.