Are Food Subsidies Incentivizing a Carbon Heavy Diet?

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Digging in to data detailing CO2 emissions for different foods, it quickly becomes apparent how carbon intensive meat production really is. While the hamburger gets a bad rap, Lamb is even worse from a carbon perspective. ¬†When comparing the costs to the environment vs cost to consumers, it’s clear that meat, dairy, and grains, are on different playing field than fruits and veggies. What could be causing this difference in price? Maybe it’s the subsidies. Nearly all of the $10 billion annually that subsidizes farms goes to the meat, dairy, or grain production industries, presumably driving the costs of carbon intensive animal products down(remember, cows eat grain.) Take a look at the analysis to see for yourself.