Last week, Environmental Working Group released Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change+Health, to make it easier for consumers to green their diet and the planet. They partnered with environmental analysis firm CleanMetrics to conduct lifecycle assessments for 20 kinds of meat, dairy, and vegetable proteins.
Using a systems approach to conduct the assessments, they calculated the carbon footprint of each protein based on the greenhouse gas emissions generated from farm-to-fork. This includes everything from the impact of inputs such as pesticides and fertilizer used to produce animal feed to the raising, processing, transporting, cooking, and disposal of each animal and it’s byproducts. The full report is available here.
The infographic below visualizes their findings.