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Veggies Everywhere

Vegetarian, vegan, meat-based… so many different adjectives to classify our diets, but are these diets easy to follow here in Sweden? Well, let me tell you they actually are easy to follow and how much you are concerned in their different environmental impacts!

According to this graph, you can see how much environmental impact your type of diet has. Meat has not only health related problems, but also environmental ones. In Sweden, more particularly in Stockholm, I’ve encountered infinite options for plant-based diets; nevertheless, it has been estimated that around 10 % of the Swedish population has a 100 % meat-free diet. With projections saying that by 2050 humanity will reach 9 billion people, eating meat puts lots of pressure to our environment.

Don’t misjudge my opinion towards meat, I love its flavour, I grew up eating it, but the fact that it has a huge environmental impact makes it harder for me to just do nothing and enjoy eating a steak. As far as I know, we should all (humans and other species) be able to enjoy a sustainable environment. I don’t consider myself vegetarian (less vegan), but I do have a beef/lamb-free diet and I do eat fish and chicken. Pork has never been so appealing to me if I have to confess. The problems with beef and lamb are,

  • Beef requires a huge quantity of space. Estimations are about 28 times what pork and chicken need… remember that land is also home of other species, like trees; trees that absorbe CO2
  • Beef produces 11 times more greenhouse gases than potatoes, wheat, and rice.
  • Beef livestock produces an estimated 2.9 gigatonnes of CO2-eq (40% of all livestock emissions)
  • Livestock produce… hold on to your seat… 15 % of the total anthropogenic GHG emissions!!!
  • 15,000 L of water used per kg of beef meat! Don’t believe me? Check this link
  • Eating a kilo of lamb produces emissions equivalent to driving about 150 km… and no, it’s not a Tesla what you are driving while eating it.

and the list could go on and on… but well, here in Sweden we find these kind of corners in the supermarkets “vego för alla” or veggie for everyone, where you’ll be able to choose between vegetarian “meatballs” or vegetarian chorizo!

And it doesn’t stop there… look what you find as ads in the metro stations…

So would you like to help me saving the Earth “one taco at a time”? Try decreasing the beef and lamb you tend to eat to almost zero! Trust me it’s not difficult! This planet is also yours and you are as responsible as me of taking care of its resources. Let’s do it together! 😀

What’s warm as the Sun and spicy as a jalapeño? My home country México. My name is Fernando and I came to Sweden to study the master’s programme in Sustainable Technology at KTH. Come, join me to learn and understand the importance of having a sustainable lifestyle, and where else to do this than in Sweden?