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.