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27 Nov 2009 09:11:12

Fresh food has lower carbon footprint

Fresh food has lower carbon footprint
Consuming fresh food and drink is better for the environment because these types of produce have a relatively small carbon footprint.

This is in comparison to non-fresh foods such as beef, pork and cheese, which have to be refrigerated, frozen or processed.

Fresh food was debated at a conference organised by the Swedish European Union presidency, with delegates discussing issues such as these, International Supermarket New reports.

Representatives pointed towards a 2002 study which revealed that green vegetables had average carbon emissions per kg of 1.67kg, which compared favourably to 19.2kg for the same quantity of beef.

The conference was organised ahead of the UN's climate change conference in Copenhagen, which will get underway on December 7th.

Experts have said there is still a long way to go in terms of improving the supply chain, with between 25 and 30 percent of total consumption relating to greenhouse gas emissions stemming from farm-to-fork production.

Elsewhere, China said today (November 26th) that it is intending to reduce its carbon emissions by as much as 45 percent in relation to its economic output.



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