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Green Hack: food

Eat lower-impact meats instead of beef and unsustainably farmed meats


What's the difference between eating red meats and poultry?

For many people, it's not feasible to cut out meat from their diets. However, this doesn't mean you can't lower your carbon footprint!

Studies by Poore & Nemecek (2018) found that whilst production of a kilogram of beef produces 99.5kg greenhouse gas, poultry produces only 9.87kg per kilogram of meat 1. Though this is still over three times the emissions produced per kilogram of tofu 1, it represents a large reduction in emissions.

Changes such as switching from beef to turkey mince can help reduce your carbon footprint, though it's important to remember that buying from local and sustainably produced producers also has an impact.

Source: Our World in Data 2

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  1. Poore, J. Nemecek, T. (2018). Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers. Science, 360(6392); 987–992.
  2. Ritchie, H. Roser, M. (2020). Environmental impacts of food production. Our World in Data;