AP: Minneapolis, Minnesota
You may have heard that the single most important thing that you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to become vegan or vegetarian.
Not so, says Dr. Stanley Friehl of the University of Paganistan's School of Bio-Chemistry.
In an article in the current issue of Scientific American, Friehl suggests that the average plant-based diet actually increases the amount of greenhouse-gas emission.
“Admittedly, meat is bad for the environment,” writes Friehl.
“But while it's true that reducing the amount of meat that you consume will significantly lower carbon emission, studies show that giving up meat is actually worse for the environment,” he adds.
While this conclusion may seem counter-intuitive, the fact that the average vegan or vegetarian is far more likely to consume greater quantities of pulses—beans, peas, and lentils—than the average practicing omnivore, means that they in turn emit higher amounts of methane.