The 7Gen Blog, from Seventh Generation, might be my new favorite thing. It delivers awesome information about eco-friendly topics. Recently it featured some information on emissions use of types of food.
Here’s how food production-related GHG emissions break down:
- Red Meat is responsible for 30% of our national food supply’s total GHG emissions
- Dairy products are responsible for 18%
- Cereals & Carbs are responsible for 11%
- Fruits & vegetables are responsible for 11%
- Chicken, Fish & Eggs are responsible for 10%
- Other is responsible for 9%
- Beverages are responsible for 6%
- And Oils, Sweets & Condiments are responsible for 6%
So making a few changes to your diet can actually really help.
With these numbers in mind, the study finds that replacing red meat and dairy products with chicken, fish, or eggs for just one day a week would be like driving 760 miles less each year.
I’m currently trying to go meatless one full day a week at least. I don’t eat a lot of red meat anyways, so I think meatless for me will be the same as subbing out red meat with chicken for heavier meat eaters.