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Feb 4th, 2007, 02:41 PM
Recently, the media in my area has given attention to the environment impacts we are doing to our Earth and possible future results. Maybe its the same at ur place?

Anyway, I found an Italian-based research study on diet and impact on environment and summarised the study. I placed the summary on my blog so if u want u can take a look (http://living-vegan.blogspot.com/2007/02/dietary-patterns-and-environmental.html). It's a little wordy, if u juz want the main points, see below.

- The normal unbalanced Italian diet had the greatest impact on the environment.
- Consumption of animal products within the same way of food production (organic or conventional) also had a greater impact on the environment.
- Beef have the greatest impact on the environment, followed by fish, cheese and milk.
- 3 to 4% of the impact on environment is due to eutrophication.
- 5 to 13% of the impact is due to land usage.
- 5 to 18% is of the impact is due to damage to respiration from inorganic compounds and 20 to 26% from fossil fuel consumption.
- The greatest percentage of the total impact (41 to 46%) comes from water consumption.
- Vegetarian and vegan diets help preserve environmental resources and reduce hunger and malnutrition problems in poorer nations.

The actual research paper is found HERE (http://www-personal.umich.edu/~choucc/environmental_impact_of_various_dietary_patterns.p df). It is very very wordy :) but worth the read imo.