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A ‘reducetarian’ is a “make-your-own-rules” version of climatarianism.
By Lydia O’Connor
Dec 31, 2015
CLIMATARIAN (n.) A diet whose primary goal is to reverse climate change. This includes eating locally produced food (to reduce energy spent in transportation), choosing pork and poultry instead of beef and lamb (to limit gas emissions), and using every part of ingredients (apple cores, cheese rinds, etc.) to limit food waste.
Climates, a climate-focused social network that’s credited with bringing the term into prominence, identifies climatarians more specifically, defining them as “meat eaters who don’t eat ruminant meat – beef, sheep, goat and deer.” Ruminant animals are identified by their unique four-compartment digestive tract, which through an anaerobic fermentation process emits startling amounts of methane and nitrous oxide. To put it less elegantly, these animals are farting and burping out destructive greenhouse gases.