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SPAM Versus Spam

Written by PETA | April 16, 2009


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Without spam e-mail, there could be no “Who got the funniest spam today?” (I won today with “You can look fancy even if you are a simple taxi driver.”) But is spam destroying the Earth?

It turns out that spam has a heck of a carbon footprint. According to a recently released study producing the energy that was required to delete spam and search for actual e-mail that mistakenly ended up in junk e-mail folders during 2008 created greenhouse-gas emissions equivalent to 3.1 million passenger cars using 2 billion gallons of gas.

That’s pretty staggering, but what about another type of SPAM—the processed meat product from Hormel? Fact: Producing eight ounces of pork is the greenhouse-gas equivalent of driving a standard car 2.52 miles. Let’s assume that, after you take all the water, salt, and et cetera out of a 12-ounce can of SPAM, there are 10 or 11 ounces of actual pork. So, producing a can of SPAM is the equivalent of driving more than 3 miles. Deleting one piece of e-mail spam, on the other hand, is the equivalent of driving 3 feet.

So, yes, a can of SPAM has a carbon footprint that is more than 5,000 times larger than that of a piece of spam e-mail.

On a related note, according to Live Earth, going vegetarian is the “single most effective thing you can do to reduce your carbon footprint”—certainly more effective than installing a spam filter, anyway.

Written by Amanda Schinke

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  • Jadey Alex says:

    and there is still meat eater calling me a selfish polluter because I own a big car I love old cars so my station wagon is one from de late 70s… you pollute with your meat I pollute with my car… oh with the big difference I dont use my car when I dont need it my daughter’s school is 5 minutes walk from home so we walk job is 15 minutes walk from home so I walk in the end I use my car about twice a week… they eat meat even if they dont need it…

  • Ciara Lanza says:

    I told my mom about what I saw in the undercover Hormel video and she told me to shut up. She can’t bear to hear that. I mean she should go veggie and stop this suffering if she doesn’t wanna hear about it! Other people should follow in vegetarian’s tracks. Ciara

  • Hannah says:

    I honestly have no idea why people even buy spam anymore. First of all its meat. Second the meat is in a very suspicious concoction of preservatives salt and other crap. Ew. Ewewewewwww. Seriously the world needs to start thinking and caring a little bit more about what they are putting into their bodies.

  • Justine says:

    Wow! I can’t believe how big the carbon footprints of either kind of spam are! Yet another thing that proves that going vegetarian is great for the earth and not just the animals on it!

  • vegancoin says:

    Read “livestocks long shadow” from and suprememastertelevision.comSOSGlobalWarming.php for more.

  • Amber Falobas says:

    WOW! You know even before I was a vegetarian…I never liked Spam. I see why now lol