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If Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef

  • With one dietary change, the U.S. could almost meet greenhouse-gas emission goals.

Ecoanxiety is an emerging condition.

Named in 2011, the American Psychological Association recently described it as the dread and helplessness that come with “watching the slow and seemingly irrevocable impacts of climate change unfold, and worrying about the future for oneself, children, and…

  • James Hamblin
  • The Atlantic

It’s not a formal diagnosis.

CHUPINGUAIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 28: Soybeans sit in a silo at a cattle feed lot in the Amazon on June 28, 2017 near Chupinguaia, Rondonia state, Brazil. The confinement farm currently holds about 38,000 heads of cattle and employs around 125 full-time workers. At peak capacity the farm dispenses around 900 metric tons of feed to the cattle per day. Brazil is the world's largest exporter of red meat and poultry and annually exports more than $12 billion per year. Brazil holds 212 million heads of cattle- the largest herd of commercial cattle on the planet. Brazil's finance minister said he expects the U.S. to remove the ban on importing fresh Brazilian beef soon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
CHUPINGUAIA, BRAZIL – JUNE 28: Soybeans sit in a silo at a cattle feed lot in the Amazon on June 28, 2017 near Chupinguaia, Rondonia state, Brazil. The confinement farm currently holds about 38,000 heads of cattle and employs around 125 full-time workers. At peak capacity the farm dispenses around 900 metric tons of feed to the cattle per day. Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of red meat and poultry and annually exports more than $12 billion per year. Brazil holds 212 million heads of cattle- the largest herd of commercial cattle on the planet. Brazil’s finance minister said he expects the U.S. to remove the ban on importing fresh Brazilian beef soon. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Anxiety is traditionally defined by an outsized stress response to a given stimulus.

In this case, the stimulus is real, as are the deleterious effects of stress on the…

This sort of disposition toward ecological-based distress does not pair well with a…

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