| This is an incomplete assessment. The following life cycle stages may be missing:
|GHG Emissions Facts|
|Per one kilogram|
|Total:||1.15 kg CO₂e|
Quinoa refers to the cereal grain known as quinoa. The environmental impact information on this page includes greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that occur as a result of the materials, production, packaging, and transport life cycle stages. It does not include the environmental impact of retail sale and consumer transport, storage, cooking, and disposal. The average (mean) carbon footprint or GHG emissions, attributed to the product life-cycle stages from material production to distribution, are 1.15 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per kilogram.
The primary source for this environmental impact information is a meta-analysis published in the Journal of Cleaner Production. The data for quinoa was calculated from two global warming potential (GWP) values published in two life cycle assessment (LCA) studies. The GWP values for quinoa had a median of 1.15 kg CO2e. These GWP ranged from 1.1 to 1.2 and had a standard deviation of 0.07.
The table below lists products in the cereal grain category with the lowest total GHG emissions.
|Product||Total (kg CO2e)|
|Rye (1 kg)||0.41|
|Oat (1 kg)||0.44|
|Barley (1 kg)||0.49|
|Wheat (1 kg)||0.51|
- Cereal grains - comparison of the GHG emissions from cereal grains.
- 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