Monday, July 18, 2011

"Reduce Your Impact. Improve Your Health."

What a fantastic slogan.  It says so much by saying so little.  This is the slogan of the Environmental Working Group's 2011 Meat Eaters Guide - what an incredible resource.

First, did you know that lamb has a 50% larger (aka 1.5 times greater) carbon footprint than beef?  Although we often think of beef as the big bad culprit of agricultural carbon emission increases (and it still is due to the huge beef industry in the United States), it looks like we need to mind our lamb, too.

For the comparison of all protein sources (including a comparison of lamb and beef) - check out this detailed infographic.

And for those seeking even more info, there is a 25-page PDF that describes how they collected their data and general recommendations for improving your environmental impact while making smarter choices :)  My favorite facts compare reducing meat consumption to other environment-saving ideas.

So now that you know all this, what should you do?  Great tips from EWGNote:  For even better, earth-friendly sustainable seafood options - try this site from NRDC.

Please, please, please check out the guide.  The earth and your body thank you :)

- Jenn
The Nutrition Nerd