Substituting beans for beef as a contribution toward US climate change targets

  title={Substituting beans for beef as a contribution toward US climate change targets},
  author={Helen Harwatt and Joan Sabat{\'e} and Gidon Eshel and Samuel Soret and William J. Ripple},
  journal={Climatic Change},
Shifting dietary patterns for environmental benefits has long been advocated. In relation to mitigating climate change, the debate has been more recent, with a growing interest from policy makers, academics, and society. Many researchers have highlighted the need for changes to food consumption in order to achieve the required greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. So far, food consumption has not been anchored in climate change policy to the same extent as energy production and usage, nor has it… 
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