Measuring Your Carbon Eatprint
According to a new study published in the journal Climate Change, meat eaters who switch to a vegan diet can cut their dietary greenhouse gas emissions in half. More specifically, “high meat eaters” – those who consume more than 100 grams per day – are responsible for the production of 7.19 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per day, while vegans are responsible for 2.89 kilograms per day. You can blame a lot of the meat eaters' top position on the inefficiencies involved in growing feed crops, methane produced by ruminants, and transportation costs. Medium meat-eaters (5.63 kg/day), low meat-eaters (4.67 kg/day), fish eaters (3.91 kg/day), and vegetarians (3.81 kg/day) filled in the spectrum.
Need more to consider ordering that falafel? Oh, a non-meat diet can reduce your risk of heart disease by a third.
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