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Official: Vegetarians Deemed ‘Harmful’ To Climate Change

Published on December 17, 2015 by   ·   No Comments

Vegetarians are officially more damaging to the environment and the battle against climate change than meat-eaters

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A US study has claimed that a vegetarian diet rich in fruit and vegetables may be more harmful to the environment than a meat-eating diet, and may contribute to climate change. 

According to researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University, lettuce is “over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon”.

Independent.co.uk reports:

Published in the Environment Systems and Decisions journal, the study goes against the grain of recent calls for humans to quit eating meat to curb climate change.

Researchers did not argue against the idea people should be eating less meat, or the fact that livestock contributes to an enormous proportion of global emissions – up to 51 per cent according to some studies.

But they found that eating only the recommended “healthier” foods prescribed in recent advice from the US Department of Agriculture increased a person’s impact on the environment across all three factors – even when overall calorie intake was reduced.

The experts examined how growing, processing and transporting food; sales and service; and household storage and use all take a toll on the environment for different foods.

Paul Fischbeck, study co-author and CMU’s professor of social and decisions sciences, said: “Lots of common vegetables require more resources per calorie than you would think.

“Eggplant, celery and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken.”

The initial findings of the study were “surprising”, according to senior research fellow Anthony Froggatt at Chatham House, an independent think-tank which is currently running a project looking at the link between meat consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Mr Froggatt told the Independent it is “true lettuce can be incredibly water intensive and energy intensive to produce”, but such comparative exercises vary hugely depending on how the foods are raised or grown.

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