Lettuce Worse for Environment Than Bacon

November 15, 2015 1:15 pm Published by 6 Comments

lettuce worse for environment than bacon

Lettuce Worse for Environment Than Bacon

Bacon fans, prepare to shove this in the face of your vegetarian and vegan friends. According to a new study from Carnegie Mellon, a vegetarian diet could be worse for the environment than a meat-based one. Fruits, vegetables, dairy and seafood have a more negative impact on the climate than meat, claims the study. The “healthier” diet increases energy use by 38%, water use by 10% and greenhouse gas emissions by 6%.

“Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon,” Paul Fischbeck, professor of social and decisions sciences and engineering and public policy, told Carnegie Mellon. “Lots of common vegetables require more resources per calorie than you would think. Eggplant, celery and cucumbers look particularly bad when compared to pork or chicken.”

The study set out to discover if the obesity epidemic in America is adversely affecting the environment. While it’s true that losing weight and eating fewer calories reduces energy use, the USDA’s recommendations for healthy eating (lighter on the meat, heavier on fruit and veggies) isn’t necessarily the best thing for the environment.

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  • erma smith says:

    So the hog farmers wanted us to know that Bacon with its high fat content is better for us than vegetables?

  • Alexis says:

    “They say that lettuce is worse for the environment than bacon”

    “Who is they?”

    “Bacon Today..on the Internet”

    “O Kay. Why is it worse?”

    “Shut up you lettuce Nazi!”

  • Craig Shapiro says:

    The researchers who conducted the study said the headlines mischaracterized their findings. All it did was point out that a few vegetables and fruit have a higher water footprint than meats, and it did not examine a vegetarian/vegan diet. Check this out: http://www.peta.org/blog/lettuce-clarify-bacon-isnt-good-for-the-planet-or-pigs/

  • FashionFan says:

    If reporters had been as concerned with responsible journalism as they were with creating click-bait headlines, they would have mentioned the fact that because lettuce has basically no calories, you would have to produce tons and tons of it to equal the calories in just a tiny snippet of animal flesh, and obviously, producing many, many heads of lettuce is going to require a lot of energy. Most plant foods are still far less taxing to the environment than growing all those plants then feeding loads of them to animals for months to produce a comparatively small amount of meat along with a great amount of methane and waste.

  • Kim Marie says:

    Actually, the researchers found that vegetarian and vegan foods ARE better than meat for the planet. You have to wonder why the meat industry goes to such lengths when it comes to deflecting the health consequences of their products.

  • HMOORE123 says:

    This study is too flawed to be taken seriously. Even the study authors have said that the findings have been twisted and misrepresented. Nothing has changed. The researchers basically just found that lettuce isn’t as environmentally friendly as other vegetarian foods, such as kale, broccoli, rice, potatoes, spinach and wheat. Bacon and other meats still contribute to climate change, pollution, deforestation, animal suffering, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other problems. If you’re looking for an excuse to eat meat, you’re not going to find it.

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