I just have to share this link. An article in the Guardian that says reducing meat consumption would do more on global warming than buying a hybrid car.
Researchers at the University of Chicago have calculated the relative carbon intensity of a standard vegan diet in comparison to a US-style carnivorous diet, all the way through from production to processing to distribution to cooking and consumption. An average burger man (that is, not the outsize variety) emits the equivalent of 1.5 tonnes more CO2 every year than the standard vegan. By comparison, were you to trade in your conventional gas-guzzler for a state of the art Prius hybrid, your CO2 savings would amount to little more than one tonne per year.
I was dimly aware that meat consumption is connected to all sorts of bad environmental maladies, but this article just spoke right to my conscience. If this article is correct, then 1.5 tons of CO2 is pumped into the atmosphere each year, because of my meat consumption. I’m cutting back… but am I doing enough? I know I can do more. Does our culture, do our religions, do enough to educate people as to the moral issues related to meat consumption? Should our society do more to reduce meat consumption? Questions well worth a closer look.