Vegan Christmas Dinner Has 50% Fewer Carbon Emissions Than Turkey Meal, Says Report

Vegan Christmas Dinner Has 50% Fewer Carbon Emissions Than Turkey Meal, Says Report


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A vegan Christmas dinner has half the carbon emissions compared to a Turkey Christmas dinner, according to a new report by Satsuma Loans.

The report titled Christmas Waste also looked at how wasteful purchasing behavior is at Christmas, revealing that the UK is predicted to throw away £444 Million pounds of food during this festive period

Vegan Christmas dinner

“Research has revealed that a planted based vegan Christmas dinner has half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions than a traditional turkey Christmas dinner,” a spokesperson told Plant Based News.

“A traditional Christmas dinner for a family of six emits 23.5kg compared to a vegan Christmas dinner that only emits 9.5kg of C02 emissions.

“In the run-up to Christmas a ghastly 10 million turkeys and 125,000 pigs are killed in the UK for Christmas dinners.”

Vegan diet

This news follows a report published earlier this year which said the single biggest way people can reduce their footprint is by ditching meat and dairy.

Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers – which was published in the journal Science – is the most comprehensive analysis of the damage farming does to the planet ever undertaken.

According to lead author Joseph Poore: “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use. It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car.

“Agriculture is a sector that spans all the multitude of environmental problems. Really it is animal products that are responsible for so much of this. Avoiding consumption of animal products delivers far better environmental benefits than trying to purchase sustainable meat and dairy.”

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