How Food Consumption Affects Our Air

When thinking about greenhouse emissions, one might think of large factories or a highway jam packed with cars.  As it turns out, food production – and consumption – is a major source of greenhouse gasses.  A recent study in the United Kingdom tracked the diets of 212 adults, and what they are within three 24 hour periods.  What they found was  that the level of meat consumed is directly tied to more greenhouse gases.  Non-vegetarian diets were linked to 59 percent higher emissions, and men’s diets – which tend to include more meat – were 41 percent higher.  The reasons are fairly simple.  More energy is used to raise livestock than used to grow crops.  This energy inefficiency leads to more emissions.  No one is saying to eliminate meat entirely, but a good, balanced diet can go a long way towards saving the planet!