Meat, CO2 and greenhouse effect

QUESTION: How much does the piece of meat I have on my plate cost, in terms of greenhouse effect?

ANSWER :According to Jean-Marc Jancovici, the kg of veal is equivalent to a car journey of 220 km! Suckling lamb: 180 km! The ox: 70 km! The pig: 30 km! Eating veal therefore “pollutes” 7,3 times more than pork.


These figures only take into account the production and transport of meat, that is to say without counting the carbon contributions of the packaging, the movement of the consumer and the cooking.

By comparison, the production of 1 kilo of wheat or potatoes is just equivalent to a car niche.

Eating more vegetarian foods therefore contributes to reducing the greenhouse effect.

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