Climate change and food
Production and consumption of food generate emissions of greenhouse gases. We call this the carbon footprint.
Production and consumption of food accounts for 22–31% of the EU countries' overall impact on the climate in the form of greenhouse gas emissions. Different foods have different carbon footprints.
The carbon footprint of food
Meat and meat products have the biggest carbon footprint, followed by milk, butter and cheese. Consumption of meat and dairy products is estimated to be responsible for approximately 14% of Europe's total impact on global warming.
• The carbon footprints of some of our most common foods (N:B: This link is presently unavailable)
Emissions from agriculture
The bulk of emissions of greenhouse gases from food production stem from primary production (especially agriculture).
Agricultural greenhouse gases account for 15% of all Danish emissions.
- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change