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We recently released a booklet in conjunction with Vegetarian Victoria and Vegan Australia, titled “The Low Emissions Diet: Eating for a safe climate”.

If interested, you can download it here or by clicking this image:


In a nutshell:

  • The booklet includes a sample of vegan recipes from The Kind Cook, with charts showing their greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The charts show how emissions would increase if you added various ingredients, such as meat and fish.
  • We’ve provided some context to emissions from animal-based foods by comparing them to emissions from:
    – plant-based foods
    – high-emissions activities such as aluminium smelting and fossil fuel based power generation
    – motor vehicles
  • There are comments on nutrients such as protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin B12.
  • There are sections on:
    – greenhouse gases and black carbon
    – land clearing
    – emissions intensity of Australian beef
  • There are also comments on the so-called “climatarian” diet, which avoids products from ruminant animals, such as cattle and sheep. Due to the global community’s precarious position on the edge of a climate change precipice, we argue that if the diet is to achieve its intended aims, it must also exclude pig meat, chicken meat, fish, egg and dairy products.

We hope you find it useful.


Paul Mahony


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