Foods With High Carbon Footprints

The foods we eat can negatively affect our environment. For example, agriculture is one of the largest contributors of harmful gases like carbon monoxide and methane. Here is a quick guide on some common foods that have the highest carbon footprints:



Livestock creates 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases. Here are the top meats (in order):


  • Lamb
  • Beef
  • Pork
  • Farmed Salmon




Plant-based foods can also harm the environment, mostly due to shipping produce around the world that only grows in warm climates. The top plant contributors include (in order):


  • Potatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Eggplants




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