Whether biting into a piece of pizza or a chowing down on a kale salad, most of us (at least momentarily) consider the impact that food will have on our bodies. But what about the impact that food has on the planet?
How is our environmental impact measured?
Governments worldwide are slowly admitting that climate change exists, and that changes need to be made quickly.
Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are largely responsible for the overall warming of the earth’s temperature.
They include methane, nitrous oxide, and hydrofluorocarbons, and the most detrimental, carbon dioxide (CO2). The most accurate measurement of GHGs is CO2e — this is the equivalent amount of CO2 that does the same damage as all the GHG’s (including CO2) combined.
Whether building a concrete jungle or converting old-growth forest to farmland, humans have a huge impact on earth’s biosystems.
We already know we should recycle and turn off the lights when we leave a room, but the food we eat actually has a far bigger impact on our overall carbon footprint.
There are four widely consumed foods that are particularly detrimental to the planet.