Friday, July 20, 2007

Another reason to get/stay off the meat...

Japan has come out with a new study claiming that producing 2.2 lbs of beef generates as much as driving a car non-stop for three hours.

"That means that 2.2lb of beef is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions which have the same effect as the carbon dioxide released by an ordinary car travelling at 50 miles per hour for 155 miles, a journey lasting three hours. The amount of energy consumed would light a 100-watt bulb for 20 days.

Su Taylor, the press officer for the Vegetarian Society, told New Scientist: 'Everybody is trying to come up with different ways to reduce carbon footprints, but one of the easiest things you can do is to stop eating meat.'"

Remember, I just went vegetarian in May. So far, so good. I've had recent cravings for meat...but nothing too bad or uncontrollable. There are definitely some good alternatives out there if you choose to go meatless.

-Boca Burgers (I tired the Flame Grilled one) are delicious, absolutely delicious.
-Cedarlane is tasty with a plethora of product offerings.
-Morningstar Farms is ah-mazing. Simply delicious. I have had a ton of their products and have not been disappointed with one of them so far.

And then, of course I am not full on vegetarian since I still eat fish, milk and eggs. But you know, I do what I can and every little bit helps and makes me feel better about what I eat.


Slave to the dogs said...

I'm not a vegetarian and I eat the Morngingstar Farms stuff sometimes. Love the buffalo wings. If they sell it in your area, Quorn makes really good chicken substitutes too.

Carbon is the new Diamond said...

Wonder what the carbon footprint is for fabricating boca burgers and other forms of faux meat?

Seriously, what's the deal with "reducing our carbon footprint" anyway? If a process, like making 2 pounds of red meat edible, has a high carbon footprint, that just means it is an inefficient process with lots of resources consumed (you have to feed the cow till it matures, etc-etc).

No matter if your vice is eating red meat, making carbon footprints in the sand or anything else, moderation is the key. :)

Sarah Ashlee said...

Salve - I'll have to look for that! I'm always up for something new and delicious!

Carbon - Touche! Oh so true. Moderation truly is the key to life