July 22, 2008

PB&J will save the planet — which bedbugs hate

Ezra Klein on the wisdom and all-around goodness of eating less meat. I hadn't thought of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich being a "plant-based lunch" before:

Each time you have a plant-based lunch like a PB&J you'll reduce your carbon footprint by the equivalent of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over an average animal-based lunch like a hamburger, a tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, or chicken nuggets. For dinner you save 2.8 pounds and for breakfast 2.0 pounds of emissions.

Those 2.5 pounds of emissions at lunch are about forty percent of the greenhouse gas emissions you'd save driving around for the day in a hybrid instead of a standard sedan.

PB&J three meals a day? It's every American kid's fantasy come true.

Plus a great One City post on how Republican bedbugs spoiled one New Yorker's hope of living plastic-bag-free for a month.

And are Burmese Buddhist migrants in India being pressure to convert to Christianity?

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Marie  Lloyd's picture

Try the low-fat (25% less fat) kind of peanut butter. Then it's a tradeoff between that and organic and/or non-sweetened kinds.

Philip Ryan's picture

It's also the favorite food of rats, according to ratcatchers in New York City.

Bill's picture

At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon (which I certainly am) I would point out that for anyone who is concerned about the current or future conditions of their arteries, peanut butter is one of the worst possible dietary choices.