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In most agreeable news for those of us who prefer wrapping our laughing gear round a solid bacon sarnie to nibbling a light salad, US boffins have concluded that switching to a vegetarian diet might actually increase "energy use, water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions".
That's according to a team from Carnegie Mellon University, who cast a critical eye over the 2010 US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines "intended to help individuals achieve and maintain healthy weight".
Shockingly, the uni's Paul Fischbeck, Michelle Tom and Chris Hendrickson found that the USDA advice "to consume more fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood is more harmful to the environment because those foods have relatively high resource uses and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per calorie".
Bacon can kill
As predicted last week, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified processed meat as "carcinogenic to humans".
joined:Dec 10, 2005
those foods have relatively high resource useWhen they talk about resources used, are they forgetting to factor in the resourced used to grow the plants to feed the animals?
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per caloriePlants emit oxygen, animals emit carbon dioxide. Sounds like they're comparing apples to oranges, er pigs.
Bacon can killBacon doesn't kill people; people with bacon kill people. Or something like that.
"to consume more fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood is more harmful to the environment because those foods have relatively high resource uses and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per calorie".
joined:Dec 10, 2005
Food miles is one of the big issues,
joined:Dec 9, 2001
as they rip it from the ground
Instead, take one leaf from one plant, and work your way down the row. Each plant can produce new leaves all summer, and a small patch can provide fresh salad for the whole season. If you don't rip it out of the ground!