01 Jul '14, 12pm

Cut your carbon footprint in half by going vegetarian

Cut your carbon footprint in half by going vegetarian

A new UK study measures and compares the dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat- and fish-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. One way to reduce your carbon footprint is to stop eating meat. I know you’ve probably heard this before, especially if you read TreeHugger, whose founder Graham Hill is a vocal proponent of “weekday vegetarianism ,” but now there’s additional and interesting science to back up why a meat-free diet is such a good idea. The journal Climatic Change has recently published the first-ever study to compare the dietary greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of real-life meat-eaters to those who abstain from meat or choose other sources of protein. (Other studies have used modeled estimates of reduced-meat diets.) This study, which took place in the UK, compares data on the actual diets of 2,041 vegans, 15,751 vegetarians, 8,123 fish-eaters, and 28, 589 meat-eaters....

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