Published On: Fri, Dec 18th, 2015

Vegetarian diet can have impact on climate change



Opposing to the well-known supposition, and a discussion by performer Arnold Schwarzenegger at the United Nations Paris Climate Change Conference, consuming a vegetarian diet could add much to climate alteration than consuming a non-vegetarian diet, advice the latest research.

Austrian-American actor, model, producer, director, activist, businessman, investor, writer, philanthropist, former professional bodybuilder, and politician Schwarzenegger, who is a past California governor, recommended populace to leave the meat for one or two days in a week to defend the climate. But the latest study discovered that eating many fruits, vegetables, dairy, and seafood is further injurious to the atmosphere for the reason that those foods have comparatively lofty causes employs and greenhouse gas (GHG) releases per calorie.

“Consuming lettuce is much three times bad in greenhouse gas releases than eating bacon,” stated one of the researchers Paul Fischbeck, who is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in the US. “A Lot of ordinary vegetables need much resources per calorie than you would think. Eggplant, celery, and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken,” Fischbeck stated.

The research evaluated the alteration in energy utilization, blue water footprint and GHG releases linked with US food eating patterns. The investigators researched the food delivery chain to conclude that how the fat endemic in the US is disturbing the atmosphere. In particular, they scrutinized that how mounting, dispensation and carrying food, food sales and service, and household storeroom and employ get a toll on sources in the shape of energy utilization, water consumption and GHG releases.

Another side, the consequences illustrated that putting our weight in limit and consuming some calories, has an optimistic impact on the environment and decreases energy utilization, water utilization and GHG releases from the food providing chain by around 9 per cent. Though, consuming the suggested “healthier” meals, a combination of fruits, vegetables, dairy, and seafood, augmented the environmental effect in each three categories – energy utilization go on by 38 per cent, water utilization by 10 percent and GHG releases by 6 per cent.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.