Choose what to eat to save the Planet

By adopting a sustainable diet we are acting responsibly, both for our health and for the health of the Planet. 

To help limit global warming it is important to reflect upon the impact of our daily actions. Our food choices are one of the biggest ways we can personally contribute, as food plays a big part in climate change. 37% (one third) of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to global warming comes from food systems.


The good news is that through our eating choices we all have the power to make a difference. By adopting a sustainable diet we are acting responsibly, both for our health and for the health of the Planet.



How can we eat sustainably? 


Foods might differ significantly in their environmental impact.


For example, the production of 1 kg of red meat (beef) is connected to the emission of 34.5 kg of CO2, the same emissions of driving a car for approximately 181 miles. On the other hand, fruit’s impact is roughly 0.44 kg of CO2 per kg, equaling to a driving distance of 2.3 miles. This means you’d have to eat more than 78 kg of fruit before you had the same environmental impact as only 1 kg of beef. Or this means you’d have to eat almost 157 apples before you had the same environmental impact as one rump steak.


A plate of pasta with broccoli emits less than half the greenhouse gases of the same plate of pasta with sausages. Equally, choosing to eat lentil soup rather than a lasagna allows emissions to be reduced 22-fold, from 5,0 kg of CO2 to 0.23 kg of CO2 per portion.


By varying the ingredients in our diet and their quantities, each of us can easily reduce the impact of every meal by 2 kg of CO2, without having to give up on taste.


Knowing the carbon footprint (greenhouse gas production) connected to different foods gives us a better understanding of the consequences on the environment and on climate change of our food choices. It also guides us more easily to choosing the foods we should prioritize so we are eating healthy and sustainably every day.

Choose what to eat to save the Planet