So the debate over environmental costs for transportation is often limited to the sort of fuel a vehicle would use. A passing remark by Mark Post which I highlighted in a previous article made me search for actual mathematics regarding fuel input for travelling.
Lo and behold, here’s a site to change your way of thinking about the food you consume, and the associated environmental cost.
Essentially the view of the food you eat as fuel for travel also counts as an environmental cost. Consider it is what powers your muscles while you cycle, and by corollary, what you are consuming as fuel while you walk, and the logical conclusion, what your cells burn while you are alive.
You are an organic machine with billions of engines inside you burning food for energy.
The entire article is well worth the time to explore, if you want to call yourself an environmentalist. Besides, if you want something to be done about climate change, you need to know the numbers. What? You think other people and other governments should be the ones responsible for initiating solutions to stop climate change?
Here are some interesting quotes:
Pimentel calculated that if the entire world ate the way the U.S. does, the planet’s entire petroleum reserves would be exhausted in 13 years. The typical American could save more gas by going vegan than by giving up driving two days a week.
Or you can use public transport on top of being vegan and reduce your carbon footprint even more substantially.
As the Organic Consumers put it, “It’s how food is produced, not how far it is transported, that matters most for global warming, according to new research published in ES&T.” The authors of that study say, “Shifting less than one day per week’s worth of calories from red meat and dairy products … achieves more GHG reduction than buying all locally sourced food.”
In other words, shipping vegan soya milk from Thailand is much less polluting than eating my neighbour’s cow (except they don’t own cows any more).
So what will it be? Continue eating animals because they just taste too good, while being a hypocrite whenever questioning why governments aren’t working to solve the issue of climate change? Or will you become part of the solution today and just stop eating animals?