The Carbon Footprint of a Burger

America’s love of hamburgers contributes approximately 941 to 1023 pounds of greenhouse gas per person, per year — the rough equivalent of the annual carbon output from 7,500-15,000 SUVs, assuming 300 million U.S. citizens consumed the 3 burgers/week average.

On the other end of the spectrum, were the average American household to avoid red meat and dairy and, instead, consume a vegetarian diet or a diet including some chicken, fish, and eggs, the decline in greenhouse gas emissions would be equal to driving 8,000 fewer miles. That’s like driving from Miami to Seattle and back. See the rest of the article and 7 low-emission foods here

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