The carbon footprint of different diets
This is a fascinating article written by Lindsay Wilson
She explores what is the most carbon efficient way of eating, be it; Vegan, Vegetarian, Beef or Meat without Beef. In conclusion I think we will be eating ‘way less’ beef!
Even since the FAO announced that 18% of global emission result from livestock people have talked about the climate benefits of reducing meat consumption.
More recent studies show that food system emissions could account for as much as quarter of all human emissions tamiflu dosage for adults. That is 12% from agricultural production, another 9% from farming induced deforestation, and a further 3% from things like refrigeration and freight.
Such studies beg the question, what is the impact of meat on an individual’s foodprint?
This analysis tries to answer that question using data from the US. In it we compare five different diets:
Meat Lover, Average, No Beef, Vegetarian and Vegan
For each diet we look solely at the emissions associated with food supply, so we do not include those from consumer’s transportation, storage or the cooking of food. Nor do we consider land use change emissions.
Rather than bore you with the methodology let’s start with the results and work back through how they were calculated.