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Colorado Springs Vegan Events Message Board › Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Vegetables

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Vegetables

user 7165713
Colorado Springs, CO
Post #: 14
"Vegetarian is the New Prius.". Go Green- Go Veg.

I was surprised to hear that a vegetarian diet reduces your carbon footprint. Check out the quotes below taken from the websites listed. The closer you can be to a vegan diet and further from the mean American diet, the better you are for the planet!

*When you take into account meat’s entire lifecycle, each meat eater is responsible for 1.5 more tons of greenhouse gases than a vegan per year, according to a study by the University of Chicago. By contrast, switching from a Toyota Camry to a hybrid Toyota Prius would save one ton of greenhouse gases annually.

*A 2006 United Nations report summarized the devastation caused by the meat industry by calling it "one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. The report recommended that animal agriculture "be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity."

*Many leading environmental organizations, such as the National Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, are now establishing the link between eating meat and eco-disasters like climate change. According to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S. roads.

*Researchers at the University of Chicago, for instance, reported that it takes 1,600 calories of energy to produce only 100 calories worth of grain-fed beef. Growing 100 calories of plant foods, on the other hand, takes only 50 calories of energy.

Learn more about Meat and the environment:
A former member
Post #: 3
Wow, it's nice to see something that makes me feel better about the fact that I can't afford a Prius... biggrin It's easy to forget how many positive effects can come from a vegetarian lifestyle, when it's just what you're used to doing.
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