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Source: Our World in Data
Published: January 2020
n = 38,000 farms in 119 countries

Greenhouse Gas Emissions By Food

Circulated: March 23, 2020

There are massive differences in the greenhouse gas emissions (CO2-equivalents) of different foods. The chart below shows the kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per one kilogram of food product produced. For example, producing 1 kilogram of beef emits 59.6 kilograms of greenhouse gases.

                                                                                                                                                 
Food product Land use change (e.g. deforestation) Animal feed and farm Processing, transportation, packaging, and retail Total
Beef 16.3 41.3 2.0 59.6
Cheese 4.5 15.4 1.3 21.2
Dark Chocolate 14.3 3.7 0.7 18.7
Coffee 3.7 10.4 2.4 16.5
Shrimps (farmed) 0.2 10.9 0.7 11.8
Poultry Meat 2.5 2.5 1.1 6.1
Eggs 0.7 3.5 0.3 4.5
Tofu 1.0 0.5 1.5 3.0
Milk 0.5 1.7 0.6 2.8
Wine -0.1 0.6 0.9 1.4
Bananas 0.0 0.3 0.5 0.8
Potatoes 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.3
Nuts -2.1 2.1 0.2 0.2

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