2018.05 Low Carb and Low Carbon - Ted Eytan MD-1001 848
While it is recognized that meat has higher greenhouse gas emission intensity relative to other foods, this study of 60,000 Japanese households found that 9% of the difference in carbon footprint between the highest and lowest quartile was contributed to by meat. Higher carbon footprint households had a smaller percentage of their footprint derived from meat, and households generally had the same amount of meat consumption in this sample, regardless of income group.
“….as it is not widely known or discussed that alcohol, confectionery, and restaurants meals in fact substantially differentiate high-carbon footprint households, simply communicating this message could provide surprising and helpful information to households seeking to reduce their dietary carbon footprint.”
Source: Kanemoto K, Moran D, Shigetomi Y, Reynolds C, Kondo Y. Meat Consumption Does Not Explain Differences in Household Food Carbon Footprints in Japan. One Earth [Internet]. 2019 Dec;1(4):464–71. Available from: linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S259033221930226X