In the food sector, animal products account for a large proportion of CO2 emissions. The greatest savings potential is therefore to be found in a restrained consumption of meat and dairy products. The production of one kilo of beef emits over 13 kg of CO2 – which is equivalent to the combustion of six liters of gasoline. Similarly, the production of butter is associated with a significantly higher climate impact compared to margarine. An energy-saving (as well as cost-saving) alternative are therefore vegetable protein products, such as lentils or other pulses.
Moreover, the consumption of regional and seasonal products has a great influence on the CO2 balance. Because the shorter the transport, the fewer emissions are emitted. In addition, seasonal products do not have to be grown in greenhouses and therefore have less impact on the climate.
For a climate-friendly diet, the way you get to the grocery store also plays a major role. If you do your shopping by bicycle or on foot, you will already do much better.
Furthermore, the renunciation of frozen products also has a positive influence on the own climate balance. It is also a good way to reduce your carbon footprint (and do something good for your health) if unprocessed products land on your plate as often as possible.
And last but not least: who throws away less food, lives more climate-friendly. So before you go shopping, check your fridge and make a shopping list. Also be careful with large packages, as there is a risk of not eating everything before it goes bad. Using leftover food and freezing extra portions are also good options to reduce food waste.
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