News Flash: Eating Vegetarian Is NOT Worse for the Planet

Several weeks ago, a study claimed that vegetarianism hurts the planet and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than a meat-heavy diet.

But that couldn’t be more wrong.

Some journalists emphasized the finding that calorie for calorie, producing lettuce creates more greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than bacon. But these are only two foods. Realistically, no vegetarian is going to replace each pork calorie with a lettuce calorie. Citing this data point alone ignores the researchers’ finding that kale, broccoli, rice, potatoes, spinach and wheat (just to name a few) all rank lower than pork in terms of GHG.

Raising animals for meat is incredibly energy intensive. In fact, it creates more greenhouse gasses than all forms of transportation combined!

But that’s not the only serious environmental concern posed by animal agriculture.

Consider some of these facts:
  • Raising animals for food (including land for grazing and growing feed crops) now uses more than one-third of the earth’s landmass.
  • Nearly 80 percent of land deforested in the Amazon is now used as cattle pasture.
“So, yes, some vegetables can be worse for the environment than some meat, but if you’re looking for an excuse to keep throwing back the burgers guilt-free, this isn’t it, HuffPo concludes.

While the consequences of factory farming are grave and vast, we all have the power to create a better world every time we sit down to eat.

By choosing delicious vegan foods, we not only put an end to wasteful use of resources, but also spare countless animals from a lifetime of suffering.

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