Our Food’s Carbon Footprint: How Food Contributes to CO2…

When it comes to emitting harmful CO2 into the atmosphere, there are lots of things we can all do to positively impact the environment – from composting our garbage to reducing the amount of beef that we eat.

According to Green Eatz, food contributes to the carbon footprint in many ways. He says, “The greenhouse gas emissions are produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, cooling and storing at the stores, cooking and disposing of the food.”

Food’s carbon footprint makes up about 8 tons of emissions per household, or about 17% of the total.

You can reduce your carbon footprint by modifying the foods you eat on a regular basis.

The highest carbon footprint is found in meats (lamb, beef, pork, turkey, chicken and tuna), cheese and eggs.

Beef, dairy and chicken account for 62% of the total U.S. food footprint.  In fact, livestock farming alone produces a big chunk (as much as 50%) of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

Eating organic, local fruits and vegetables with less packaging is also a simple way to reduce your food’s carbon footprint, save money and improve your health and diet.

Not to mention the fact that it’s better for the environment because organic farms do not use harmful pesticides or antibiotics.

Another way to lower your food’s carbon footprint is by using leftovers. The production of wasted food – food that is never eaten – accounts for some 45% of food’s carbon emissions in the U.S.

And you can reduce greenhouse gases by conserving energy as you cook. Gas and electric ovens are not energy-efficient. Stove tops and microwaves use much less energy than gas and electric ovens. Who knew?

You can learn more about your food’s carbon footprint with this quick and easy Food Carbon Emissions Calculator from CleanMetrics.