Harvard University Green Tip of the Month - July 2009
|This is the campus-wide Harvard University Green Tip of the Month.|
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Eat Less Meat!
Industrial meat production, especially beef, accounts for 18% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions* (from the entire meat production cycle).
Pick up some vegetarian ingredients at a local farmer's market, including three near Harvard:
Or find a market near you: http://www.massfarmersmarkets.org
* United Nations (September 2008) "Livestock production alone contributes to 18 percent of the global warming effect - more than the emissions from every single car, train, and plane on the planet. Though livestock production only contributes 9 percent of carbon dioxide emissions, the sector is responsible for 37 percent of methane and 65 percent of nitrous oxide, both potent greenhouse gases." http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e/a0701e00.htm
Setting the Record Straight
It is healthy to be vegetarian.
Studies have shown that vegetarians (who follow a well-balanced, low-fat, high-fiber diet) often have lower incidences of coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity and some forms of cancer.
Your Actions Add Up!
If every Harvard affiliate replaced one average daily diet containing meat with one vegetarian meal a week, we would
Prevent 14 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.
That's like taking 1,280 cars off the road!