Why Junk Food May Save The World

September 12, 2014 in Daily Bulletin

Junk food will kill you, but it’s not all bad writes Gwynn Guilford:

  • If Americans were to eat the same number of calories they currently do, but ate foods according to the guidelines created by the USDA, then the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions would increase by 12%.
  • This is because fat and sugar produce relatively few greenhouse gasses per calorie.
  • Meanwhile dairy produces a lot of emissions, and the USDA would have Americans consume more of it.

Read about more pragmatic ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through diet, how eating meat affects the numbers, and more over here.

Source: Quartz