Study says Eating Bacon is better for Environment than Eating Lettuce

Study says Eating Bacon is better for Environment than Eating Lettuce

If you think your vegetarian healthy diet will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, then you are wrong. A new study suggested that going meat-free is more harmful for environment than eating meat.

The study by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers followed the supply chain from production to household and concluded that the USDA recommended diet is linked with high calorie carbon footprint. As per USDA guidelines, diet of vegetables and fruits may help in protecting the environment, but the study suggests these diet recommendations can result into higher greenhouse gas emissions.

Paul Fischbeck, an author of the study, said in a statement that eating lettuce three times a day can be more harmful for environment than eating bacon. There are numbers of vegetables that need more resources per calorie than one can think. Eggplant, cucumbers and celery are worse than pork or chicken, the researcher added.

According to study researchers, they tracked how foods are grown, processed and transported. They calculated the resources and energy required for the process. It was found that eating fewer calories could be beneficial for the planet’s environment. By reducing resources use, 9% greenhouse gas emissions can be affected.

“What is good for us health-wise isn't always what's best for the environment. That's important for public officials to know and for them to be cognizant of these tradeoffs as they develop or continue to develop dietary guidelines in the future”, said Michelle Tom, a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering.

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