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World War ‘V’: Emissions change if Birmingham became vegetarian and contemporary attitudes towards vegetarianism.

Cross, M, Lane, TP and Germond-Duret, C (2020) World War ‘V’: Emissions change if Birmingham became vegetarian and contemporary attitudes towards vegetarianism. Routes: The Journal for Student Geographers, 1 (2). pp. 198-225. ISSN 2634-4815

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Abstract

This study uses quantitative analysis to assess the current dietary habits of 27 vegetarian and 144 non-vegetarian Birmingham residents. Results suggest that environmental reasons are a more popular motivating factor for becoming vegetarian than in previous studies. Using published nutrition and emissions data, the impact of all residents of Birmingham eating only vegetarian meals, both at-home and when dining in Birmingham restaurants, was assessed. These data show that the average Birmingham resident can save approximately 906 kg of carbon dioxide a year by only eating vegetarian meals totalling 3,924,920,776 KgCO2e (equal to 0.85% of the UK’s emissions output). However, the results indicate that city-wide vegetarianism is not currently feasible for the Birmingham population as some residents do not deem any factors as sufficient motivation.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
T Technology > TX Home economics > TX341 Nutrition. Foods and food supply
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Routes
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2021 10:52
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2021 11:00
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14662

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