Meat

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Meat includes the flesh of an animal used as food. This article is a comparison of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (carbon footprints) associated with meat. The meat products listed here have median GHG emissions ranging from about 3.09 to 60.43 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kg of bone-free meat (BFM). This emissions information does not include the environmental impact of retail sale, consumer transport, storage, cooking, or disposal.[1]

Carbon Footprint[edit]

Global Warming Potential of Meat
Product Total (kg CO2e)
Beef (1 kg) 28.73
Beef (AU) (1 kg) 23.06
Beef (EU) (1 kg) 26.05
Beef (N. America) (1 kg) 28.55
Beef (S. America) (1 kg) 38.33
Beef (UK) (1 kg) 25.76
Buffalo (1 kg) 62.59
Chicken (1 kg) 4.12
Duck (1 kg) 3.09
Kangaroo (1 kg) 4.1
Lamb (1 kg) 27.91
Lamb (AU,NZ) (1 kg) 19.01
Lamb (EU) (1 kg) 33.84
Lamb (UK) (1 kg) 25.84
Pork (1 kg) 5.85
Pork (AU) (1 kg) 7.12
Pork (EU) (1 kg) 5.6
Pork (N. America) (1 kg) 6.24
Pork (UK) (1 kg) 5.57
Rabbit (1 kg) 4.7
Turkey (1 kg) 6.04


References[edit]

  1. S.J. Clune, E. Crossin, K. Verghese. Systematic review of greenhouse gas emissions for different fresh food categories. J. Clean. Prod., 140 (Part 2) (2016), pp. 766–783 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.04.082