Food contributes to carbonfootprint that causes climate change and environmental pollution. Thefood industry is directly involved in the environmental challengesbeing experienced globally. Meat and dairy products are examples ofsuch foods. A Japanese study showed that the production of a kg ofmeat leads to global warming and emission of greenhouse gases. A cowreleases 70-120kgs of methane on average per annum. If each cowreleases 100 kgs of methane every year the sum total equivalent of2300kgs of CO2 will be obtained. The value of 2300kgs of CO2 can begenerated through burning 1000 litres of petrol.

It is important that theviewers be aware of how food products like meat have affected theenvironment and pose as a threat to the globe. Because of people’sdesire to consume more meat and dairy products, our environment isdeteriorating massively. Consuming a kilogram of meat is responsiblefor emission of CO2 amounts that can burn up to 100 watt bulbs foralmost 20days (Fiala, 2009). Given these statistics, the onlysolution is refraining from consuming meat and dairy products. Carbonfootprint can be reduced completely through substituting meat withvegetarian diets.


Fiala, N. (2009). Howmeat contributes to global warming,Energy and sustainability, US press.