Tuesday, April 29, 2008

What's Better for Environment? Eating Local or Going Vegetarian?

Carnegie Mellon University research concludes that, when compared to the carbon cost of food transportation, "foods such as beef and dairy make a far deeper impression on a consumer's carbon footprint." This according to a recent New Scientist report.

You may recall yesterday Pound360 discussed an article at the NY Times
on the environmental impact of our global food market. While it's something to be taken seriously, food transportation only accounts for three percent of all the food industry's emissions.

For the record, Pound360 doesn't eat meat. We used to be
subtle about pointing out some of the facts that support our diet. But as evidence has mounted over the years, we've gotten a little cranky.

According to Carnegie Mellon research, eating local every day for a year saves the equivalent of driving 994 miles. However, if you switch from red meat to vegetables just one day per week for a year, you save 1,156 miles worth of carbon emissions.

In 2006, a University of Chicago report found
a vegetarian diet saves 1.6 tons of carbon emissions compared to an omnivore's diet.

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