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How Green Was My Veggie Burger

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Posted January 5, 2012 by peta2 staff

If your tofu has turned green, you’ll probably want to toss it. But the results of a recent study show that our tofu is so green that it’s a cause for celebration!

The findings of this new study reveal how vegan foods, such as veggie dogs, tofu, and seitan, contribute little to climate change compared to meat. For example, only 350 grams of carbon dioxide are released for each kilogram of soy “meat” produced, while an equivalent amount of ground meat is responsible for around 7,200 grams of carbon dioxide. If my math is correct, that means a hamburger patty causes more than 20 times more harmful greenhouse gasses to be released than does a veggie burger of the same size.

We’ve always said that “meat’s not green” because of the severe environmental damage caused by factory farming—which releases massive amounts of the greenhouse gasses that cause climate change. A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, according to a report published by the Worldwatch Institute.

With a growing focus on our responsibility for maintaining our planet, there’s still no better way to go green than by going vegan.

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  • 1324 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    just wanted to add on here in relevancy to veggie burgers, veggie burger/wraps at mc donalds are NOT vegetarian.
    Thankfully iv never actually eaten one!
    I find its best to avoid rubbish junk food places, because often things like that are entirely misleading x

  • 1329 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Tempeh Tofu Veggie-Dogs…… Oh my ! Way more yummier than carcasses if you ask me!

  • 1335 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I was wondering how meat is considered “not green” i only knew it took more pounds of food to product the meat that it puts out.

    • 1330 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      Meat eating is the #1 cause of Greenhouse gases, due to the methane released by the livestock.

  • 1336 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    glad i’m impacting the earth less :)

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