A diet inclusive of meat has lower carbon footprint than a vegetarian diet

A diet inclusive of meat has lower carbon footprint than a vegetarian diet


According to research by Johns Hopkins University, a diet inclusive of meat has lower carbon footprints than a vegetarian diet. This was done after an analysis of diets from 140 countries. People who change their diet to a vegetarian diet usually take dairy products like Halloumi cheese, yogurt, and Creme Fraiche. By doing this, they are only fractionally improving their carbon footprint. Increasing the number of fruits and vegetables and adding meat once a day is called the “two-third vegan” diet.

 Studies show that in the United Kingdom about 1265.2 kg of Carbon Dioxide is emitted by a person who follows a vegetarian diet which includes dairy products, whereas only 762.7 kg of Carbon Dioxide is emitted by a non-vegetarian. “Dietary shifts don’t have to be as draconian as many people think to have a meaningful impact on the environment. Our study found that in the UK, switching to a vegetarian diet that includes eggs and dairy is actually less helpful for reducing greenhouse gas emissions than a diet that includes meat, dairy, and eggs for one of three meals, and is exclusively plant-based for the other two meals,” said Dr Keeve Nachman, one of the paper’s authors, to The Telegraph.

This study also shows that 1968.1 kg of Co2 on average is produced by a person and a quarter of this is made up of dairy products. This study also supports the fact that the world is under threat if meat production is not reduced. “Certain forms of beef production can significantly reduce our capacity for carbon sequestration. In particular, production that involves deforestation for feed production and grazing land has serious implications for our climate, Including beef in our diets at current rates would have grave consequences for the environment “said Dr Nachman. Experts have been warning the world of a visible shift to a western meat-based diet among middle and low-income people.

The emission of greenhouse gases could be reduced by 70% if there is a change to a vegan diet in a global level, scientists are also promoting insect-based diets which has a better source of vitamin and protein.