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Supply Chain Graphic of the Week: The CO2 in Your Grocery Cart


Animal-based Foods Create Far More Greenhouse Gas Emissions than Plants, so Expect Focus on Your Dinner Plate Soon to Save the Planet


Feb. 14, 2020


Most of the attention on CO2 emissions has related to power generation, cars and trucks, and factories. But there is a growing focus related to what people eat.

As evidence of that, a web site called the just released the chart seen below, which it says indicates the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, measured as the number of kilograms of emissions created in the supply chain to produce one kilogram of different food types.


These newly published estimates actually come from analysis by a couple of academics in 2018.

Beef tops the list, producing an estimatine 60 kg of emissions per kg of food, followed by lamb at 24 kgs, and cheese at 21 kgs.

By contrast, just 0.4 kg of emissions are created in the production of one kg of apples or root vegetables.

And don't think the climate forces won't be focusing on what’ss on your dinner plate soon. The VisualCapitalist notes that "Amid a growing market share of plant-based alternatives in markets around the world, the future of the food supply chain could undergo a significant transition."


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