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What have we bought? What changes in our diets could have the power to change our carbon footprints?

Hospitals will take meat off menus in bid to cut carbon

Juliette Jowit, The Guardian (Media—Government)

Cheese pizzas in the kitchen at Great Ormond Street hospital, London. Photograph: Karen Robinson (The Guardian)

Meat-free menus are to be promoted in hospitals as part of a strategy to cut global warming emissions across the National Health Service [NHS].
Last year the NHS served 129m main meals, costing £312m, according to Department of Health figures. "We should not expect to see meat on every menu," said Pencheon. "We'd like higher levels of fresh food, and probably higher levels of fresh fruit and veg, and more investment in a local economy."

You Don't have to be a Vegetarian to Make a Difference

Environmental Defense Fund (MediaSustainability Advocacy)

If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains, for example, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.

Low Carbon Diet

Mike Tidwell, Audubon Magazine (Media—Sustainability Advocacy)

The Low Carbon Diet

Indeed, accounting for all factors, livestock production worldwide is responsible for a whopping 18 percent of the world's total greenhouse gases, reports the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization. That's more than the emissions of all the world's cars, buses, planes, and trains combined...

"If we want to fight global warming through the food we buy, then one thing's clear: We have to drastically reduce the meat we consume," says Tara Garnett of London's Food Climate Research Network.

Low Carbon Diet - Letters from Readers (Advancing the Discussion)

Audubon Magazine (MediaSustainability Advocacy)

Change your lightbulbs? Or your car? If you want to fight global warming, it’s time to consider a different diet. By Mike Tidwell/Photography by Catherine Ledner

Sustainability Fun Facts

Cattlemen's Beef Board and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (Business—Media—Marketing)

"We're America's farming and ranching families, and we love our land and what we do.  We're committed to honesty, integrity and hard work, and we're proud to share details on how the beef you eat makes its way from our pastures to your plate."