Growing up in her Italian family, actress Lea Michele‘s meals must have consisted of lots of formaggio, but no carne.
Even though today she’s pretty much vegan, the Glee star also confesses she’s never eaten a piece of red meat in her life. Michele, who was scheduled to get a glimpse of Stella McCartney‘s vegetarian fashions in Paris, France recently, said, “I do a lot of work with PETA. I’m mostly vegan and I’ve never eaten red meat, so a brand that is beautiful without harming animals is my idea of fashion-forward.”
You could say she already had a significant lighter footprint before she gave up other animal products. While it’s ideal to give up all meat, just giving up red meat can have a major beneficial impact on the environment.
Good.is recently highlighted a graph included in a paper by Weber and Mathews of Carnegie Mellon University, which lists the impact of various forms of food and beverage on the environment, from the production to delivery to retail end. From the graph below, you can see that red meat produces more carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane emissions.
As Good.is notes, delivery and freight are just a fraction of what production gives off in terms of emissions, so the buying local rule may not be as helpful as meat eating environmentalists want to believe.
Also, the dairy industry gives meat a run for its money, coming in at second.
Cereals, often fortified with B vitamins that vegetarians need, make a good choice, as well as fruits and vegetables. They also give nice alternatives to what the Good.is author jokingly recommends we stick to, which is “eating nothing but “Beverages” and “Other Misc.”
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