Vegan Soapbox points us today to a news item on MSN that reveals that going vegetarian is way more enviro-friendly than eating meat, and that going vegan is even more so. Going organic? Well, that just practically gives you only a carbon toe-print.
The study uses miles driven as a metric...IOW "producing a kilo (2.2 pounds) [of beef is] the same as driving 71 kilometres compared with 26 kilometres for pork."
Meanwhile, someone who somehow managed to eat a 100% organic vegan diet would produce a carbon footprint equivalent to driving only 281 kilometres in an entire year. (Or about the carbon footprint produced by producing only 4 kilos of beef.)
I don't think the contention that going veg is easier on the environment than eating meat is a big surprise to most people who follow this stuff to begin with.
I do think that as more people (non-veg) people do get drawn into "going green" they may see the light on that.
Now, if Al Gore would just go veg? That would be nirvana...seriously how can he not?
The planet's health
Avoiding unnecessary cruelty and suffering for animals
Seriously: Who or what doesn't benefit from you going veg?
(And don't tell me the owners of slaughterhouses and cattleyards, or I'll have to into my whole yes-people-make-a-living-dealing-drugs-and-running guns-and-running-Internet-scams-doesn't-make-it-a-reason-those-activities-deserve-to-continue argument.)