A study published last month in the journal Environment Systems and Decisions, contradicts mounting evidence that meat farming is worse for the environment than growing fruits and vegetables.
* Following a mostly vegetarian diet has a more profound impact on climate change eating meat.
Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decisions sciences and engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon said “Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon. 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.”
Eating the so called “recommended healthier foods ”a mix of mostly vegetables fruits, dairy and seafood increased the environmental impact in all three categories, with energy use shooting up by 38 percent, water use increasing by 10 percent and Green House Gas(GHG) emissions increased by 6 percent.
Fischbeck said “there are plenty of protein and calorie rich vegan foods that have a lower environmental impact than bacon, beans and nuts and grains are good”
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