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Energy Tip #21: veggie for a week

broccolli.gif“Eat your veggies.” Who knew that mothers everywhere were really advocating a low-carbon lifestyle? Many environmentalists and health conscious citizens have committed themselves to structuring their diet on vegetarian foods. Others, such as myself, have forayed from time to time into the no meat zone without lasting particularly long. Regardless of individuals’ reasons for going veggie or how long they continue their eating habits, however, one fact remains true: eating lower down on the food chain means fewer CO2 emissions.

According to, if you ate meat-free meals every other day for a year, you would save 487 pounds of CO2. Based on this figure, going veggie for one week would save about 19 pounds of CO2. Granted, individual buying habits (local vs non-local, seasonal vs. non-seasonal produce, frozen vs. fresh) will cause this number to vary. But across many web sites, the consensus seems to be that carbon footprints go down as you move down the food chain.


If you answered no or are a hardcore “megan” (recently learned this term, which means quite the opposite of vegan):

P.S.: Going vegetarian for a week doesn’t mean that the following week you get to double up on lamb kebabs, short ribs, and pork chops.

Last week 57 people pledged to straighten out the ducts on their dryer and empty the lint from their filter. Together this amounts to 11,400 pounds of CO2 saved.

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