Meat is an important source of greenhouse-gas emissions, but not enough people are giving it up. A new model integrates diets, land use and climate change to explore the potential and implications of mass adoption of vegetarian diets.
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Gilligan, J.M. Modelling diet choices. Nat Sustain 2, 661–662 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-019-0354-7