Vegetarianism could reduce carbon footprint

Lancaster University has recently released a new study which shows that one of the biggest carbon footprints in the country comes from our consumption of meat.

A report has been published in The Independent newspaper which shows that if everyone in the UK where to eat vegetarian food the environmental benefit would be the same as removing half of the U.K.’s cars.

The study was focused on looking at the impact of over 60 different types of food. In terms of production, meat and cheese produced the greatest amount of carbon emissions. The study estimated that if everyone was a vegetarian the amount of carbon dioxide being produced by our food production would fall by around 25 percent.

The initial study was published in the Energy Policy Journal and the study was headed by Prof Nick Hewitt who commented, “What this study has shown us is that diet can make a significant impact to the amount of carbon emissions seen in this country. We have estimated that if people were to switch to a vegetarian diet the amount of carbon being produced each year would fall by about 40 million tonnes.”

The senior director of the company Eblex is Nick Allen who commented about the study, “Our diets are a complex problem and saying that everyone could be vegetarian is simply an unworkable solution. It is no better than someone suggesting that we can reduce our transport emissions completely by getting rid of all vehicles.”

Mr Allen continued, “We have to feed a population that is growing faster than ever. Whatever method we used to feed the population is going to have an impact on the environment. What we need to do is look at ways to create food while lowering the carbon footprint associated with this manufacturing process.”