A new report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WFF) points to diet as a major indicator of a person’s carbon footprint, and urges readers toward a plant-based lifestyle.
Titled Food In A Warmer World, the study looks specifically to Britian to examine how food choices effect the environment.
The report analyzes the carbon footprint of four nonvegan dishes - chicken tikka masala, fish and chips, ploughman’s lunch, and a lamb stew called cawl - to determine the effects of each ingredient in the meals, and compare them.
In every dish, either meat, fish, or cheese was responsible for the largest percentage of the meal’s carbon footprint, while the footprint of the plant ingredients was minute in comparison.
For perspective, the WWF's report also compared the footprint of the dishes to the damage caused by the use of disposable plastic bottles.
Each meal's carbon footprint was equivalent to that of 19 or more plastic bottles, with the lamb stew as the worst offender, reportedly as wasteful as the using 71 disposable 500 milliliter plastic bottles.
In a section of the report titled 'What Can We Do?' the environmental organization highlights existing trends that indicate a shift toward less destructive eating has already begun.
The section lists month-long vegan challenge Veganuary, a booming plant-based food and drink industry, and an increase of meat-free eating - all of which the WWF calls 'reasons to be hopeful'.
In the same section, the report lists dietary recommendations for the environmentally concerned.
The recommendations include eating more plants, wasting less food, and reducing meat and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein, such as peas, beans, and nuts.
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
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