11 Feb 2016

Why veggie?

CO Emission Meat & Fish

Having meat free days will help:

  • - Avoid excessive CO2 production,
  • - Reduce methane/nitrous oxide production,
  • - Save large amounts of water,
  • - Reduce destruction of topsoil & tropical rainforest,
  • - Reduce the destruction of wildlife habitats & endangered species,
  • - Reduce the use of antibiotics, growth promoters and chemicals.

 

General facts

If all Americans would eat no meat, chicken or fish for just one day a week, this would result in the same carbon savings as taking 19.2 million cars off the road in the US for an entire year, or save emission equivalent to 46 million return flights from New York to Los Angeles.

By some estimates, 20 vegetarians can be fed on the amount of land needed to feed one person consuming a meat-based diet. 250l of water is needed to produce 1kg of wheat compared to the 25 000l of water which is required to produce 1kg meat.  By committing to some vegetarian days, each individual could save about 3360l of water per week. It requires 500 times as much land to produce 1kg of beef as it does to produce 1kg vegetables. [1]

If the whole populations of the Netherlands would go vegetarian for 1-7 days a week we could save this amount of CO2:

 

Example of consuming a beef burger at DGTL festival 2015 

Consuming one burger costs 1550 liters of water, 2.5 kilo of forage and 1.74 kilo’s of CO2. Comparison: The meat atlas shows that 500 liters of water is needed for 1300 calories of grain. The same amount of calories in meat costs 4000 liters of water. [2]

Calculation:

On DGTL Festival 2015 we sold 3972 beef burgers. This causes an amount of

3972 * 1,74 = 6911,28 kilo’s CO2,

3972 * 1550 = 6.156.600 liters water and 9930 kilo’s forage.

 

 

 

This is what we can save!

To give you an idea of the change you yourself can make at DGTL Festival: by eating meat-free for 2 days, DGTL Festival’s visitors combined (40.000 people) can save up to 53.000 kg/CO2 (non-bio), 14 million liters/water and 21.000 kg/forage. that’s equal to almost 350 return flights from Amsterdam-Paris. As a source the table below is been used for the calculation. [3][4][5]

An average meal contains 100-160gr meat. We used a 100gram. 

 

 

Average amount of greenhouse gasses in kilograms per eatable product in kilograms [6]

Tabel 1 Facts meat.

Every household in the Netherlands (2.2 pers.) uses an average of 23 ton of CO2 a year. We could save up to two complete family household of COemission. This includes everything from transport, food, cloths, energy house. [7]

What is the size of one ton of COin a volume? This looks like 500 fire extinguishers and an air balloon of 200m3. A ton of CO2 is equal to 1000kg. [8]

SOURCES

[1] http://www.meatthetruth.nl/download/20080518_US_carbon_savings_table.pdf

[2] https://www.nudge.nl/blog/2015/04/15/wat-de-impact-van-minder-vlees-eten/

[3] CBS, PBL, Wageningen UR (2014). CO2-emissie per voertuigkilometer van nieuwe personenauto's, 1998-2013 (indicator 0134, versie 11, 19 augustus 2014). www.compendiumvoordeleefomgeving.nl. CBS, Den Haag; Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving, Den Haag/Bilthoven en Wageningen UR, Wageningen, Nederland.

[4] M.M. en Hoekstra, A.Y. (2010) The green, blue and grey water footprint of farm animals and animal products, Value of Water Research Report Series No. 48, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Nederland.

[5] Šebek, L.B.J. en Temme, E.H.M. (2009) De humane eiwitbehoefte en eiwitconsumptie en de omzetting van plantaardig eiwit naar dierlijk eiwit, Rapport 32, Wageningen UR, Wageningen, Nederland.

[6] Consumentengids, juni 2012

[7] https://www.milieucentraal.nl/klimaatklappers/index.html

[8] http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/blogs/bitten/20080518_US_carbon_savings_table.pdf

 

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