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Diet, Energy and Global Warming

The energy consumption of animal- and plant-based diets and, more broadly, the range of energetic planetary footprints spanned by reasonable dietary choices are compared. It is demonstrated that the greenhouse gas emissions of various diets vary by as much as the difference between owning an average sedan versus a sport-utility vehicle under typical driving conditions. The authors conclude with a brief review of the safety of plant-based diets, and find no reasons for concern.

Publication Name
Earth Interactions
Downloadable Documents
Author
Gidon Eshel and Pamela A. Martin
Publisher
Boston, MA: American Meteorological Society
Page Numbers
17
Publication Date
December 12, 2005
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
State
National
Keywords
Environmental Issues, Food Miles, Local / Regional Food Systems

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