We all are aware that greenhouse gas emissions which include carbon dioxide emissions and human activities like burning of oil, coal and gas, as well as deforestation that are damaging for our environment and cause of carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere. But many of us are not aware that some of the foods that we eat or resources that go into its production are equally harmful to the environment. Food carbon footprint of certain food items especially that of meat, contribute to greenhouse emissions to a great extent.
Food carbon footprint, or foodprint, is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food that we eat. The products that Indians eat commonly like meat, cheese and eggs have the highest carbon footprint. The amount of green house produced during the production of mutton ie carbon dioxide equivalent for mutton is 9149.3 and butter id 997.4. Efforts must be made to reduce food carbon footprint and the effort should start from our very homes.
Carbon footprint of food items
It is well understood that meat production has a big carbon footprint.Numerous studies detail the climate impact of livestock, but just how big is it’s impact on a person’s foodprint?
Vegetables and lentils have the least food carbon footprint. In other words, if we move to a vegan diet we can reduce food carbon footprint from our environment.
This chart will help chefs and home cooks to make delicious food without destroying the planet!
Conscious effort must be made by all to reduce food carbon footprint to make the earth a better place to live. Use of locally made and organic food and a gradual transition to vegan diet can free the atmosphere from harmful greenhouse gases. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian diet is almost half that of a meat lover’s diet. You can choose vegan alternatives like beans, tofu and lentils in your diet. One should also ensure to reduce food wastage to avoid food carbon footprint.