SEOUL, Dec.17 (Korea Bizwire) – Being a vegetarian might be worse on the environment than previously thought.
According to England’s journals ‘The Telegraph’ and ‘The Daily Mail’, lettuce produces three times more greenhouse gases than bacon for the same amount of calories.
A research team at Carnegie Mellon University compared the process of producing 1,000 calories of different foods. In other words, the amount of water, greenhouse gases, and energy requirements for growth, processing, distribution, sales and storage were investigated and compared.
Since lettuce is low in calories, a whole head of lettuce must be eaten to receive the same calorie intake as a slice of smoked bacon.
As a result, it is obvious that the output of greenhouse gases produced when transporting the large volume of lettuce is bigger than what is produced from bacon.
Since lettuce is often thrown away due to its short storage period, additional greenhouse gases are produced.
Eggplant, cucumbers and celery also turned out to produce more gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect compared to pork or chicken.
On the other hand, cabbage produced one fifth of what bacon produced, and broccoli produced only half.
Meat, beef and lamb were found to produce more gases than pork and chicken.
The research team commented that “What’s good for the body isn’t always healthy for the environment”. They stated that those who plan diets should keep this in mind.
The results of the research were published in a recent issue of ‘Environmental System and Decisions’.
By M.H.Lee (email@example.com)