Linking food habits to CO2 – Sweden’s New climate food guidelines

Posted on November 17, 2010 by

The Swedish National Food Administration is taking the route of re-orienting the food choices to reduce the emissions. The Nutrition Department released new guidelines – Environmentally Effective Food Choices in May 2009. These guidelines discuss the CO2 emissions of various food groups and also the foods that are more pesticide intensive, having biodiversity implications.

The guidelines explain that 1 kg of cattle/sheep meat represents 15-25 kgs of GHG, much higher than 5 kg GHG per kg for pork or 2 kg GHG per kg for chicken. This is intended at driving awareness at the individuals level, hoping for a multiplier effect on food choices and implying emissions.

For a true carbon-conscious person, meat and dairy will be the first products to be planned for reduction or elimination. Similar to the effort by Swedish Agency, the US Climate Conservancy created the following GHG analysis of typical US Diet.


Contribution of various food components in US diet

GHG Analysis of typical US Diet


Reference : Green Marketing and Advertising Law update by Heenan Blaikie LLP

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