What Is In Your Grocery Bag?
While the material of your grocery bag is important in terms of
environmental issues (it takes over 20 times more energy to produce a
paper bag than a plastic one), by far, what is significantly more
important (around 186 times more) is what is inside the bag.
By comparing energy used to produce, process, transport, store, and
cook four servings of two different diets: the first, a meat-based diet
that included beef, potatoes, tropical fruit, and drinks such as soda;
the second a vegetable-based diet composed of produce grown within the
country where is was consumed and a soy-based protein source, the
results indicate that the energy saved by a family of four that chooses
a plant-based diet for one day would be equivalent to the energy needed
to produce 186 plastic bags, or drive the average U.S passenger car over
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