Gone Vegan

Lindsay Hutton discovers the politics and pragmatics behind a meat and dairy-free diet.

SEED blogger Jennifer Jacquet has an interesting take on David MacKay’s (of Cambridge University) findings in reducing your carbon footprint. 

As Jacquet says, a meat eater driving a Prius burns more energy than a vegetarian driving a Hummer. And, according to MacKay, eating vegetarian six days per week will ease your energy consumption by roughly 10-kilowatt hours per day.  

Another jarring fact about meat consumption is that one kilogram of beef requires approximately 250 gallons of water to get it from the farm to your supper table, whereas one kilo of soy requires a mere 25.  Think about it: the water required to grow feed for the cow and to keep it satiated during its lifetime adds up awful quick.  

So. As much as I champion the efforts of broad, reaching attempts for a kinder, gentler meat consumption a la eating local, organic animal products, it could be argued that such efforts are deflecting from a real obstacle in our culture getting our energy consumption under control. 

And, though I’ve never been a hockey fan, Canadiens’ tough guy Georges Laraque is my new crush. Yesterday’s Globe & Mail featured a piece on his decision to go vegan in 2006. 

Citing a host of humanitarian reasons for making the switch, Laraque states that his game has never been better and his energy levels are skyrocketing. 

One can only imagine the locker room jabs Laraque suffers. I’m guessing decapitated stuffed animals found in his shaving kit and beef jerky stuck in his jockstrap.