Posted in Global Warming, Hunger, Study, tagged beef, Carbon Footprint, chicken, diet, driving, Global Warming, meat, pork, Study, vegetables on February 7, 2009|
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Scientific American has put together 5 slides about the environmental costs of meat. This one in particular caught my eye.
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"
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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