According to research from 2018, a turkey Christmas dinner in the United Kingdom has double the greenhouse gas emissions of a vegan nut roast. The research was conducted by the Humane Society International UK and a Harvard University research fellow.

The traditional Christmas dinner of a turkey roast, meat stuffing, meat gravy, roast potatoes in goose fat and pigs in blankets emits 23.5kg of carbon dioxide. This is the same amount as driving 78.5 miles in a standard UK car. Alternatively, the same vegan Christmas dinner, including a nut roast, roast potatoes in vegetable oil, vegan pigs in blankets, vegetarian stuffing and gravy emits 9.5kg of equivalent carbon dioxide. This is about 31 miles of driving.

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85% of the United Kingdom choosing a plant-based Christmas meal would save 131 million kg of carbon dioxide emissions. Dr. Helen Harwatt, the contributing fellow to the study, urged consumers to reduce their consumption of meat in order to hit proposed emissions reductions goals.

The harmful effects of animal agriculture on the environment are well documented. The beef industry contributes to water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.

Did you know that 40% of UK households this year are skipping the turkey? Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects. Learn about some Common Health Concerns That May Disappear Once You Ditch Dairy and 10 Calcium Supplements For Healthy Living on a Dairy-Free and 10 Carrageenan-Free Non-Dairy Products!

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, plant-based, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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