Give up meat - save the planet.

Greenhouse gas fear over increased levels of meat eating

Global consumption of meat needs to fall - to ensure future demand for food can be met and to help protect the environment - a study says.

Research from Cambridge and Aberdeen universities estimates greenhouse gases from food production will go up 80% if meat and dairy consumption continues to rise at its current rate.


to meet demand 


current rate

to meet a target

to urge


a boom

to highlight

to lead to stg

sizeable (adj)

arable crops


to keep up with demand

to turn over to stg


to release (gases)


to halve

Would you ever consider giving up meat for any reason?

Read the article again. It will help you when you listen to the following report about the same story.

Now look at the next text. Imagine what the missing words are and then listen to the report again. Try to fill in the gaps.

As people get richer (a), they’re eating more meat and (b) produce. 

It’s an inefficient way to make food. As cows grow, they transform just three percent of the energy from the plants they eat into the meat we eat. 
The surge in meat eating will drive more deforestation as farmers (c) increasing amounts of land the study says.
Cutting forests (d) greenhouse gases from the wood and the soil, and fertilizers create greenhouse gases too.
The report says under current (e) agriculture alone will cause the world to bust its (f) for reducing the (g) of dangerous climate change.
Reducing food (h) could help a lot the authors say and so could improving farm methods.
But the real (i) is the public’s appetite.
There is a burger restaurant (j) in major cities. People are voting with their (k) and it’s not normally mushroom burgers they’re after (= want).