Eat Less Meat
Not all animal products are equal when it comes to carbon emissions. Some animal products have a larger carbon footprint than others. You can reduce your impact simply by consuming less animal products. Even giving up one meal a week makes a difference!
Some animal products have larger carbon footprints than others. According the Environmental Working Group (EWG), animal products with the highest emissions include lamb, beef, cheese and farmed salmon because producing them requires the most resources.
- Lamb has the greatest emissions: 86.4 lbs of carbon dioxide equivalents for each kilo eaten
- Beef has the second highest emissions: 59.6 lbs of carbon dioxide equivalents for each kilo eaten
- The emissions for cheese are also high compared to other food products: 29.7 lbs of carbon dioxide equivalents for each kilo eaten
Discarded food accounts for at least 20% on average of the emissions associated with meat and dairy products. Reducing food waste is an easy way to reduce emissions.
For more info, check out the full EWG Report