According to a study by Cranfield University, commissioned by the environmental group World Wildlife Fund, becoming a vegetarian may do more harm to the environment than eating red meat.
The study found that many meat substitutes consumed by vegetarians were produced from soy, chickpeas and lentils that were grown overseas and imported into Britain, reports The Times Newspapers in London, England. Switching from beef and lamb reared in Britain to meat substitutes would result in more foreign land being cultivated, raising the risk of forests being destroyed to create farmland.
The Times also reported that meat substitutes tend to be highly processed and involve energy-intensive production methods.
This new research undermines the anti-meat agenda that has been promoted by Paul McCartney and other activist groups.
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Source: The Times Newspapers, London, England.