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Stop pretending that all Americans could ever go vegan

There are more realistic ways to combat climate change.
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Some examples of the foods you'll be resigned to if you give up meat.

There are five times as many lapsed vegans and vegetarians in the U.S. as there are practicing ones. Five times. Most people—84 percent, to be precise—abandon their attempt at a plant-based diet, and more than half of those lapses occur within a year or less. A third of the quitters don’t make it three months.

Far be it from any of us to judge those people. Going vegetarian is tough, and going if we all gave up meat. reiterated this. It found that if every American went vegan, we'd reduce our annual carbon emissions from 623 million to 446 million tons. That would be a massive step for a world that , despite efforts to mitigate global warming.

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