Go Vegan And Reduce Your Carbon Footprint by 1.5 Tons

Your carbon footprint is a measure of the greenhouse gases, which trap heat in the atmosphere, you release. The lower, the better. The numbers below are expressed in tons per person per year. For reference, a car in the US produces 5 tons per person per year (on average).

  • Red meat heavy diet: 3.5 tons (because that person consumed more animals, all of which with their own natural carbon footprint)
  • The average US diet: 2.5 tons
  • Mostly-vegetarian diet (little meat on week-ends only): 1.8 tons
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet (which allows dairy and eggs): 1.5 tons
  • Vegan diet: 1 ton.

Going vegan reduces your carbon footprint by 1.5 tons over the average US diet. Plus you’ll rightfully feel healthy, won’t contribute to animal cruelty and will reduce significant environmental damage.

Source:

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/vegetarian-diet-carbon-footprint.htm

http://www.epa.gov/oms/climate/documents/420f11041.pdf

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