Vegans might want to pack up their righteous indignation along with their kale and head to the butcher shop after reading this.
A new study from Carnegie Mellon has found that eating lettuce is more than three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon. So, you can now dig on swine without being served up a side dish of disgust from environmentalists.
“Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon,” said Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decisions sciences and engineering and public policy. “Lots of common vegetables require more resources per calorie than you would think. Eggplant, celery and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken.”
Following FDA guidelines to eat healthier causes you to increase your carbon footprint in three categories: Energy use went up by 38 percent, water use by 10 percent and GHG emissions by 6 percent.
Please share this study with every vegetarian you know. The planet is depending on you!
H/T: IFL Science