From what I can tell, vegan's probably the best way to go, but I have to admit that I haven't yet managed to give up dairy:-( I've been vegetarian now for about 7 years, and I have to say it's not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be! I'd encourage people to at least give it a try for a week or so and see if they think they could continue.
If you do eat meat, it's not as simple as just beef or chicken. The carbon chain for these products has so many inputs! Some questions to consider -
What did the animal eat? Soya from the Amazon Rainforest is more carbon intense than eating grass.
How far has the meat travelled? How did it travel - sea, road or air? Was it refrigerated the whole time? Does the farm have a methane capture program (possible with pork, but unlikely with free range pork, oh the ethical dilemmas)! How is it packaged? How is it to be prepared?
Ach, so many others. I think that all products should have a carbon rating on them so we'd have some idea, rather than blankly staring at two trays of meat in the supermarket.
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