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What are the emissions from various types of produce?

After the surveys carried out of the Lindell family’s carbon dioxide emissions, it is becoming increasingly clear that food will be one of the big challenges. The produce they choose will be crucial in determining how close they get to 1 tonne of carbon dioxide emissions. So just how much carbon dioxide is created in the production of 1 kg of everyday foods such as meat, fish, shellfish, cheese, fruit, potatoes? When the experts at Chalmers do their calculations, they use the table below.

LCA data was used to create the table. This means that a life cycle analysis was undertaken for every item of food, encompassing emissions from production and processing as well as distribution.

The worst offender from the climate viewpoint is meat from animals that chew the cud (beef, lamb) at 26 kg, followed by mixed minced meat at 16 kg. Imported fruit is 11 kg, cheese 9.3 kg and pork 6.1 kg. This is followed by relatively low emissions for other produce, with potatoes and root vegetables at the very bottom of the table with extremely low emissions.

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Is it possible to live carbon neutral today?

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