The world’s food system is responsible for about one-quarter of the planet-warming greenhouse gases generated by humanity each year.
This number includes raising and harvesting all the plants, animals and the animal associated byproducts we eat — beef, chicken, cheese, eggs fish, milk, lintels , wheat, corn and more — as well as processing, packaging and shipping food to markets all over the world. If you eat food, you’re part of this system.
Animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to human-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions after fossil fuels and is a leading cause of deforestation, water and air pollution and biodiversity loss.
Meat and dairy, particularly cows, have an huge impact, with the worlds livestock accounting for around 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases each year. That’s roughly the same amount as the emissions from all the cars, trucks, airplanes and ships combined in the world today.
In general, beef and lamb have the biggest negative climate footprint per gram of protein, while plant-based foods tend to have the smallest impact. Pork and chicken are somewhere in the middle. Take a look at this major study published last year in the journal Science calculated the average greenhouse gas emissions associated with different foods.
Maybe, you can make your next meal a plant-based meal and begin contributing more to saving our planet. Blessings, Dr. Bobby
PLEASE SHARE CLIMATE-FRIENDLY RECIPES WITH US.
Here is a start:
Spiced Chickpea Salad With Tahini and Pita ChipsVeganIndian-Spiced Tomato and Egg CasseroleVegetarianLinguine With Clams, Roasted Tomatoes and Caramelized GarlicSeafoodSpicy Corn and Coconut SoupVeganTakeout-Style Sesame NoodlesVeganGreen Shakshuka With Avocado and LimeVegetarian