Going Vegetarian or Vegan Sort Of

Eating fewer meat products can really help reduce your carbon footprint. Over the course of one year, the impact of going vegetarian is similar to trading in your regular car for a hybrid car. Taking that a step further, going vegan is like trading in your regular car for . . . well, no car at all.

You don't need to go full-out vegetarian. Try starting with going one or two days per week without meat. The next best solution is to try to buy locally raised or wild meat, which usually comes from smaller, less energy-intensive operations. Chapter 18 covers more options for reducing your carbon footprint through your food choices.

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