It has long been accepted now that the cars we drive have a big impact on the planet we live on. There is no getting away from it, gas guzzling cars have a negative effect on the environment. But, what is not so commonly understood is that animal agriculture has an effect that is equally as bad, if not worse, than cars and the oil we pump into them.

A recent study from multiple organisations such as The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), GRAIN and the Heinrich Boll Foundation, has found that meat producers JBS, Tyson and Cargill were responsible for creating more greenhouse gases than France in 2016. Yes, the whole of France. The country.

The study showed that if these meat companies, plus the rest of the top 20 meat and dairy suppliers, had been a country themselves (doesn’t even bear thinking about), they would be number 7 on the list of the worst offenders for greenhouse gases. This is above Germany, Europe’s number 1 polluter.

Speaking to Futurism, the director of IATP’s European HQ, Shefali Sharma said, ‘without addressing this massive growth in industrial meat and dairy, we are headed towards global warming that is untenable for humans.’

So if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, go ahead and downgrade your 4×4 if you have one or consider that electric car. But whilst you’re at it, you might want to consider dodging your next bacon sandwich and giving veganism a thought, it could make a hugely positive difference.