report released by the World Wildlife Fund (WFF) points to diet as a major indicator
of a person’s carbon footprint, and urges readers toward a plant-based lifestyle.
In A Warmer World, the study looks specifically to Britian to examine how food choices effect the environment.
report analyzes the carbon footprint of four nonvegan dishes – chicken tikka masala,
fish and chips, ploughman’s lunch, and a lamb stew called cawl – to determine the
effects of each ingredient in the meals, and compare them.
dish, either meat, fish, or cheese was responsible for the largest percentage
of the meal’s carbon footprint, while the footprint of the plant ingredients
was minute in comparison.
perspective, the WWF’s report also compared the footprint of the dishes to the
damage caused by the use of disposable plastic bottles.
carbon footprint was equivalent to that of 19 or more plastic bottles, with the
lamb stew as the worst offender, reportedly as wasteful as the using 71 disposable 500 milliliter plastic bottles.
to be hopeful’
In a section
of the report titled ‘What Can We Do?’ the environmental organization
highlights existing trends that indicate a shift toward less destructive
eating has already begun.
section lists month-long vegan challenge Veganuary, a booming plant-based
food and drink industry, and an increase of meat-free eating – all of which the
WWF calls ‘reasons to be hopeful’.
same section, the report lists dietary recommendations for the environmentally
recommendations include eating more plants, wasting less food, and reducing meat
and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein, such as peas, beans, and