Carbon Footprints Of Food List

By Adriane Marie •  Updated: 02/19/22 •  54 min read

Eat foods + ingredients with low carbon footprints. Eliminate foods + ingredients with high carbon footprints. Buy foods that are in season, local, with minimal packaging and minimal refrigeration. The following carbon footprints of food account for production emissions. Data may include additional emissions from: farm equipment, animal feed, hothouses, greenhouses, processing, packaging, transport, freezing, refrigeration, package waste, etc.

Carbon Footprints Of Foods + Ingredients
General Market Data

Highest to Lowest CO2e | PER 1 KG OR 2.2 POUNDS

‘AVOIDING MEAT AND DAIRY IS THE SINGLE BIGGEST WAY TO REDUCE YOUR IMPACT ON EARTH’ ACCORDING TO THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE DAMAGE FARMING DOES TO THE PLANET
A 2018 Oxford University Study –THE GUARDIAN

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CO2E STANDS FOR “CARBON DIOXIDE EQUIVALENT” AND IS THE COMMON UNIT FOR DESCRIBING GREENHOUSE GASES
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‘CAR DRIVING EQUIVALENTS’ ARE CALCULATED USING PETROL FUEL, WITH AVERAGES OF 25 MPG OR 11 KM/L AND ROUNDED TO THE NEAREST QUARTER
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Carbon Footprints Of Foods + Ingredients
USA Market Data

Highest to Lowest | PER 1 KG OR 2.2 POUNDS

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4 IN 5 PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE THAT ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IS A KEY CAUSE OF CLIMATE CHANGE.– STUDEY CONDUCTED BY OPINION MATTERS

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BUYING REFRIGERATED AND FROZEN FOODS INCREASES CARBON EMISSIONS

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Buy locally!

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SHOPPING LOCALLY REDUCES TRANSPORTATION EMISSIONS

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Know your food’s impact!

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BUYING SEASONALLY REDUCES CARBON EMISSIONS FROM HOTHOUSES (GREENHOUSES)

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INCLUDES PRODUCTION EMISSIONS AND SHORT-TRANSIT ESTIMATES ONLY.
EXCLUDES LONG-DISTANCE TRUCK TRANSPORT OR CUSTOMER WASTE.

Carbon Footprints Of Foods + Ingredients
UK Market Data

Highest to Lowest | PER 1 KG OR 2.2 POUNDS

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1 IN 3 BRITS
HAVE STOPPED OR
REDUCED THEIR
MEAT CONSUMPTION.
– THE GUARDIAN

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BUYING FOOD WITHOUT PACKAGING REDUCES WASTE AS WELL AS THE CARBON FOOTPRINT

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*weighted for production in the UK, imports from the EU, and imports from outside the EU


Carbon Footprints Of Foods + Ingredients

Per various specified portion sizes

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GROWING PLANT-BASED FOODS AT HOME IS THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE METHOD WITH ZERO CARBON FOOTPRINT

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Sources:

Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide
EPA’s Guide to Passenger Vehicle Emissions
Eaternity
European Commission DG Environment Product Carbon Footprinting – a study on methodologies and initiatives Final report
Klimatarier
CodeCheck
Open Food Facts
Quandes Food
ifeu – Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung Heidelberg, Ökologische Fußabdrücke von Lebensmitteln und Gerichten in Deutschland Guido Reinhardt, Sven Gärtner, Tobias Wagner
openLCA

Adriane Marie

As an educator, author and conscious consumer advocate, I study and organize ethical info for you to quickly see how our purchases impact animals, people and the planet. I hope you find this HEALabel knowledge useful and can apply it to your life for personal and societal improvement and empowerment.