The ugly truth
The food system takes up to one quarter of the world greenhouse gases and guess which foods make the most impact? Meat and dairy products!
One of the reasons for this huge climate impact is the process of growing crops to feed animals, which then become food for humans. According to a study by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 3 kg of cereals are consumed to produce
1 kg of meat. Not to mention, farmers need huge amounts of land, water and energy to produce animal protein.
Here is the truth, per 1 kilo of different type of meat, let’s see how much emissions are caused
KG co2 / 1 kg of meat
Beef and lamb!? Yes, they are specifically NOT very good friends with the climate. Cows and sheep’s stomachs digest grass and other food easily thanks to a certain bacteria, which creates methane gas releasing into the air. A strong element of
greenhouse gas pollution.
“But I love meat”
We understand it is hard to give up on eating meat altogether. But we suggest some climate-smart ideas that help you share your love equally to food and the climate.
Pork, chicken and tuna produce fewer emissions than beef for example. How about beginning with a less-red-meat diet? You can first try replacing red meat with chicken, pork or fish. Be flexible, stress-free. Another tip: Eggs can provide you protein and at the same time, 1 kg of eggs produces 4,8 kilos of CO2, which is even lower than chicken and tuna. Don’t worry, you do not have to become vegan or vegetarian right away to make an impact. A slight change to your eating habits can cool down the Earth 😊