Monday, June 02, 2008

If you don't eat your meat

We've decided to eat vegetarian at least one day a week. I was inspired by a snippet in New Scientist which said:

How to eat green

If you are serious about reducing your carbon footprint, going vegetarian for one day a week will make a big difference, says Christopher Weber of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who has audited the greenhouse gas emissions of our meals. "The differences between eating habits are very, very striking," he says.

Writing this I've done some more research. There is an article on New Scientist Environment which references Environmental Science and Technology (DOI: 10.1021/es702969f). The research is American and the detail would be slightly different here because we don't keep our cows in barns and transport grain to them but that doesn't stop them farting a staggering amount of methane.

If that is all too sane for you try this leaflet which was delivered to our "No Junk Mail" snail-mailbox just the other day. My favourite part is the second question on the second page:
QUESTION: Yes. Thank you, Master.
I am very happy to take questions like that.


Karen said...

Wow... so does that mean NZs primary export is harmful addictive drugs!

Mary said...

What's with the dolphin? Who eats dolphins?

No....don't answer that! :-)

Giffy said...

I wasn't going to comment, I was just going to read, enjoy and melt away... but then I saw that *you* like comments. So, Hi! I'm also trying the 1 vege day a week. It helps that I like veges :)

Also, I've been thinking about the awesome times I had with friends at your bach. Thank-you so much for letting Jenni organise those! Seriously some awesome, awesome memories.

Karen said...

I got one of these the other day... the exact same one I think...