Go green

| Post published on June 1, 2005
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The hidden costs of eating meat and dairy foods could be costing us the earth. An increased awareness of the effects of greenhouse gas emissions has led many of us to cut down on the amount of driving we do. Others choose not to fly in an effort to limit their personal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Some people try to buy local produce to limit the ‘food miles’ travelled by their food. However, a single dairy cow produces around 400 litres of methane gas each day and cutting out just two cow-based meals a month could reduce your family’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30 per cent!

Reay D. 2005. Ten steps to saving the planet. New Scientist. September 10 2005. p39. www.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/story/0,12374,905360,00.html

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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