Can low carb help solve climate change?


Consumption of meat is often called a contributor to climate change. And it’s a fair argument, given that industrial-styled agriculture does release methane and carbon dioxide (even if this – unlike the burning of fossil fuels – is part of a carbon cycle and leaves the atmosphere within a decade or so).

But does this mean that low-carb diets are inherently bad for the environment? Or could it instead be a part of the solution?

Professor Grant Schofield and George Henderson just published a post, mentioning some mitigating factors of low carb that seldom are taken into account when people are debating food and climate, like these:

  1. Low carb is not a high-protein diet, and so does not require eating more meat in the first place.
  2. Low carb is an appetite-controlling diet which often leads to eating less. And eating less leads to less food production and thus fewer emissions.
  3. Eating saturated fats from animals could shift our dependency from the environmentally-deleterious palm oil.
  4. Low carb can even be eaten as a vegetarian, if one should desire to.

Check out the full post, it might well change your view on diet and climate:

The Science of Human Potential: Defending LCHF in the Climate Change Debate

Videos about climate change and low carb

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Low Carb for Beginners


Chinese Dietary Guidelines – Cut Meat Consumption by 50%

Low Carb and How We Are Winning the Fight Against Climate Change


  1. John
    Geez, don't go there.
    The climate has never, ever been constant. And the minuscule amount of human co2 12 ppm (of a total of 400 ppm) does absolutely next to nothing.
    Don't fall for the climate spin doctors.
  2. Judi
    John-- I've have read the graphs, I have seen the numbers myself. I've taken chemistry, biology, and physics classes in college, and the evidence for climate change is rock solid. It checks out. I'm not relying on hearsay, or someone else's opinion, or some media personality's opinion. I'm not a gullible fool. Climate change is very real and very dangerous.

    If you are truly a denier, and not a paid shill, I strongly suggest you look at the data for yourself. Don't rely on what people have told you. See for yourself.

    Thanks for the link, Dr. Eenfeldt.

    Reply: #5
  3. Russ
    I agree with Judi and the evidence is Rock Solid. There is too many people on this planet.

    Thanks for the link, Dr. Eenfeldt.

  4. Birgit
    Nose to tail, that's exactly what I'm doing ;)
    Actually, I even prefer many of those parts that other people obiously reject.
    So, even if I eat lots of meat, the butcher does not have to kill more animals because of me.
    I get lots of taste, macro and micro nutrients and food waste is reduced too.
  5. venancio rappaport
    Please provide evidence refuting John's factual statements.
  6. Judi
    Venancio Rappaport--

    Sure, there's oodles of evidence. See to start.

    Here's are some easy graphics that explain climate change:

    Here are some free online courses that may help you:

    James Hansen's _Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity_ is where I started.

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