I always hear people make the argument that eating locally grown meats are just oh, so good for the environment. Yet, how far the food has traveled is almost irrelevant when you factor in the nitrous oxide and methane produced by raising livestock. Not to mention the amount of unnecessary energy used to produce animal products. According to a recent study in Environmental Science and Technology, a completely local diet is the equivalent to driving 1,000 miles less per year, but a vegan diet is the equivalent of driving 8,120 less per year. Imagine if we were vegan locavores! So, the next time your criticized by an "earth-saving" locavore, it may be useful to remind them that their actions are not particularly coinciding with their beliefs. Is eating local helpful? Absolutely. Is it a means to an end? Absolutely not! Go vegans!
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