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[Ambassador report] (thematic report) Meat-lover pollution

by Gianluca Piran Fuselli | 24-05-2020 16:43 Comments 7 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



When it comes to carbon footprint[1], one tends to associate it to long-distance travelling or direct industrial carbon emissions. However, Food accounts for 10 - 30% of a household’s carbon footprint, typically a higher portion in lower-income households. The production of food accounts for 68% of emissions, while its transportation accounts for 5%.[2] Let’s analyze the gas emissions produced from food:[3]

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At first glance is clear that animal products, specially beef and lamb, are the most environmentally-impactful foods.  Producing 100 grams of protein from peas emits just 0.4 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq). To get the same amount of protein from beef, emissions would be nearly 90 times higher, at 35 kgCO2eq.[4] For example, if you are eating 444 calories a day of red meat (the equivalent of about one 8-ounce steak sirloin), your annual meat-related carbon footprint is 0.8 metric tons of carbon dioxide.[5] Actually, a meat-lover produces two times the carbon footprint of a vegetarian. Pretty impressive, right?

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In case you want to know how much is your diet contaminating the planet, I leave you this diet-carbon calculator:  https://www.omnicalculator.com/ecology/meat-footprint



[1] The figures for greenhouse gas emissions are in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq). This is a unit that converts the impact of different kinds of greenhouse gases, like methane and nitrous oxide, to the equivalent amount of carbon dioxide.

[2] Boehm R., et al. (2018) “A Comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from U.S. Household Food Choices.”

7 Comments

Sang Su Mentor

  • Sang Su Mentor says :
    Hi Gianluca Piran Fuselli, this is a mentor Sang Su Lee.

    This article really shows well that there are a lot of hidden environmental costs that we do not realize in the world. Meat production cost is among them. To reduce it, it would be imperative not to leave food leftover. Always adequate amount of production can help the environment to stay healthy, but humans are quite greedy to meet this requirement. T.T

    Thank you for your article.

    Cheers~!
    Posted 28-05-2020 13:10

ALOK DHAKAL

  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Thanks for sharing your report, keep writing
    Posted 28-05-2020 12:41

Taehyun Mentor

  • Taehyun Mentor says :
    Hello Gianluca Piran Fuselli, this is mentor Taehyun!

    It sounds like you've pointed out a really important fact! We often talk as if fossil fuels such as cars, airplanes and ships are the source of global warming, but in reality, people don't know that the food we eat and drink produces a lot of carbon. To improve this, it is important to eat local food and not to eat foods that are expensive to make with meat often!

    Thank you for the report!

    Green cheers!
    Posted 28-05-2020 03:50

Prabha Bhusal

  • Prabha Bhusal says :
    Thanks for sharing such beneficial and useful report
    GREEN CHEERS
    Regards,
    Prabha
    Posted 27-05-2020 18:11

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Greetings gianluca
    I hope you are doing well
    Yes, even food produce pollution, thisnalso one of the reason why food should not be wasted
    Thank you so much for your report
    Keep writing
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 26-05-2020 10:36

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Gianluca

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Meat-lover pollution

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 24-05-2020 22:01

Malika  Rustamova

  • Malika Rustamova says :
    Thanks for such beneficial report. Food industry so negatively influences on the environment(. People should observe what they eat and a bit reduce to consume some products that bad for nature.
    Posted 24-05-2020 18:29

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