Friday, January 27, 2006

Go Vegan

I saw a link to this article on Veganism is something I’ve been considering for a while. I’ve been vegetarian for the last 18 years, but I’ve gradually come to the realisation that the dairy industry and its produce can be just as bad for our health, the environment and of course the animals.

Researchers at the University of Chicago have calculated the relative carbon intensity of a standard vegan diet in comparison to a US-style carnivorous diet, all the way through from production to processing to distribution to cooking and consumption. An average burger man (that is, not the outsize variety) emits the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes more CO2 every year than the standard vegan. By comparison, were you to trade in your conventional gas-guzzler for a state of the art Prius hybrid, your CO2 savings would amount to little more than one tonne per year.

So as well as thinking about how your mode of transport affects the planet, you might want to think about how your diet affects it to.

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