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Eating our way to a lower carbon footprint

Posted: 4:49PM August 17th, 2011 | Comments

Last Sunday evening I stumbled across a radio program on WUWM called Human Kind. The program, entitled "Our Food Footprint", explored greenhouse gases produced from the livestock industry. According to the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization, 18% of GHG emissions can be attributed to the production of livestock! This figure results from a comprehensive assessment of livestock production: from clearing forested lands and the resulting destruction of carbon sinks, to pumping irrigation water and producing fertilizers for feed crops, to transporting and refrigerating meat products.

Hidden within this problem is a great opportunity: through reducing our intake of meat, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprint. Indeed, the choices we make regarding what to eat can be as significant as our choice of what car to drive.

Listening to the radio, I was reminded that our small choices, like choosing to walk to the grocery store, turn off the lights, or eat a vegetarian meal, do make a big difference in slowing the accumulation of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. The impact of similar small actions taken by people around the world combine, resulting in tons of avoided GHG emissions and a shift to a more sustainable way of life.


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