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AUS’ food for thought on the hidden carbon footprint of your food

Posted by AUS blog on Dec 18, 2016 11:30:00 AM

By Ashwatha Mahesh

Did you know that the food you choose to eat determines the level of impact you have on climate change?

The agricultural industry is notably the second largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions in the world. As global climate change effects are increasing, there is an urgent need for a change in food habits. You can play a crucial role in making informed and environmentally friendly food choices and encouraging others to do the same.

While a vegetarian or a vegan lifestyle is generally better for the environment, choosing a different kind of meat can significantly lower your environmental footprint. For example, just by switching from beef to chicken once a week, you would reduce your carbon emissions by a 74 percent, equal to reducing the emissions from a drive back and forth from Sharjah to Umm Al Quwain. 

Your daily dietary choices require some careful consideration due to the resulting environmental impact. In the image below, you can see the carbon dioxide emissions arising from the production of one kilogram of the listed foods.

American University of Sharjah Reducing Carbon Footprint in our Food .jpg

AUS Sustainability hopes this blog provides you food for thought and guides you to choose foods with lower environmental impact in your day-to-day life.

Ashwatha Mahesh is a Part-Time Administrative Coordinator at the Sustainability division of the American University of Sharjah.

Visit www.aus.edu for more information about American University of Sharjah.

Topics: American University of Sharjah, American University, Sustainability, Carbon Footprints, Emissions, Carbon Emissions, Carbon Dioxide Emissions

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