Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions at a Stroke

On average, people in the West eat twice as much protein as they actually need.  Simply by cutting meat intake by half can reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as recycling for a year. This is not surprising when you consider that one head of cattle is more damaging to our environment than a typical 4×4.

And it doesn’t just stop there…

Raising livestock also plays a big part in de-forestation, either to supply the increasing demand for meat or to grow crops for feed. What is particularly worrying is that de-forestation is responsible for a quarter of all global man-made CO2 emissions.

According to research published in Animal Science, producing one kilo of beef is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than driving for 3 hours while leaving all the lights on in a house.

So you see, cutting back on the meat and dairy products in our diet can dramatically improve our quality of life. It has been said if the entire western world were to cut out eating meat and dairy products altogether, we could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 7-8%. In one stroke we would be halfway to the targets already set by many governments throughout the world.

I know this isn’t going to happen overnight but considering we eat far more protein than we need it wouldn’t take a lot to reduce our individual carbon footprints. Together, we can cut greenhouse gas emissions and do our bit to prevent global warming.

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