The carbon dioxide emissions (carbon footprint) caused by our personal behavior is driven to a large extent by the type and quality of our food. The amount of greenhouse gases caused by the production of food differs very much from one food type to the other (see table below). Worst is meat and in particular beef.
A environmental friendly and "climate change friendly" nourishment is characterised as follows:
- Very little (or no) meat
- Eat primarily organic food
- Saisonal food is preferred
- Regionally produced food is preferred
CO2-Emissions (in g CO2e per kg food):
CO2-Emissions (in g
per kg food)
|Meat and sausages||Beef||13’300|
|Milk- and dairy products||Butter||23’800|
|Baked goods||Brown bread||750|
The production of 1 kg beef causes about 13.3 kg of CO2. The same quantity of CO2 is released when you burn about 6 liters of petrol!
CO2e means "CO2 equivalents"
Source of data:
Pendos CO2-Zähler: ISBN: 978-3-86612-141-6 (The book is written in German language)