The carbon footprint of a traditional Thanksgiving meal

This is tough to swallow. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner for an eight-person family—the turkey, the stuffing, the hours of oven time—is as harmful to the planet as a three-hour car trip.

The full spread releases the equivalent of approximately 30 kg of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, according to Sarah Bridle, a researcher at the University of Manchester who crunched the numbers.

And if you’re one of those families that likes things a little less traditional, serving up a beef roast instead of turkey, prepare for your emissions to triple.

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