A quarter of global emissions come from food production with more than half of the emissions (58%) coming from animal products, and half of all farmed animal emissions come from beef and lamb. Which is why a vegan diet makes sense, as this cuts out meat and dairy products from your diet.
However, it isn’t quite as simple as that, and knowing how and where your food is produced is also important! For example, beef cattle raised on deforested land is responsible for 12 times more greenhouse gas emissions than cows reared on natural pastures.
So the simple answer is to:
- Eat more locally sourced, seasonal food
- Buy less meat, milk, cheese and butter
- Consider eating meat that is grass-fed, organic, or is regeneratively raised
- Shop smart and meal plan so you throw less food away
- Find about more about your food’s carbon footprint with this food impact calculator.
If you’d like to find out more about plant-based diets and meet fellow students who are passionate about this cause, Student Voice for Animal Rights and the Vegetarian and Vegan Society are two friendly student-led communities who are always open to welcoming new members. Check out their pages or drop them a line if you’d like to join or simply find out more about them!
If you still eat meat and you want to know how to make ethical choices, don’t despair! There are many options for buying meat that are so much better for the planet than typical commercially-produced meat. To find out more information about these methods of meat production and for some great recommendations of where to source your meat, check out this blog by Vet Student, Charlie Beane. And, if you’re looking for a longer read, have a read of What to Eat by Joanna Blythman.