Knew it, just knew it

Eating lettuce could be three times worse for the environment than bacon, scientists have claimed.
Despite calls from celebrities including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sir Paul McCartney for people to eat less meat to help save the planet, new research suggests that ‘healthier’ diets with more fruit and vegetables could actually be worse for global warming.
The study, by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, compared the greenhouse gas emissions from the production of 1,000 calories of different foods.
“Eating lettuce is over three times worse in greenhouse gas emissions than eating bacon,” Professor Paul Fischbeck, one of the report’s authors, concluded.
Lettuce is so low in calories that someone would need to eat at least two whole iceberg lettuces to get close to the calorie intake of two rashers of smoked back bacon.

So, what more proof do you need?

10 thoughts on “Knew it, just knew it”

  1. “Lettuce is so low in calories that someone would need to eat at least two whole iceberg lettuces” but bacon can’t cure the obesity problem like 2 whole iceberg lettuce daily for breakfast could .

  2. Reductio ad absurdum, but just eating nothing would produce no greenhouse gas, and then you’d die and fulfil the ecological dream of a ‘clean’ planet.

  3. The “calorie to greenhouse gas emission” ratio of Aspirin tablets is even worse. In fact same goes for almost all pills. I’m giving up all forms of medication for the rest of my life..:-)

  4. So Much For Subtlety

    K.R. Lohse – “but bacon can’t cure the obesity problem like 2 whole iceberg lettuce daily for breakfast could .”

    I don’t know. I think it could. The Aitkin’s diet does work. After all, if some Fatty Lardbucket eats a lot of bacon, they are full and satiated. If they eat two iceberg lettuces they will then go on to eat half a dozen Mars bars and a tub of chunky chocolate icecream.

  5. I am of the Vimes persuasion when it comes to a BLT sandwich: the lettuce and tomato should be de minimis and can profitably be left out altogether.

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