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Scientific American has put together 5 slides about the environmental costs of meat.  This one in particular caught my eye.

CO2 equivalent emissions

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Transportation Energy Data Book, U.S. Department of Energy, 2008; Seattle Food System Enhancement Project: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Study; Subak and Fiala references in "More to Explore"

So if…

1/2 lb. of potatoes = Driving 0.17 mile, and 1/2 lb. of beef = Driving 9.81 miles

It would take the equivalent of 57 lbs of potatoes to make the same amount of greenhouse gasses as 1 lb. of beef.   That’s a lot of food that could be consumed by a lot of hungry people.

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