Your appetite is killing the planet.
Most people don’t think about it, but a whole bunch of harmful emissions are produced during the process that gets foods from the farm to your table. We’ve rounded up some of the worst offenders, so that with some small changes, you can make a big difference.
Ditch these 10 foods and you’ll help save the world
10. PotatoesAs delicious as potatoes are, they are the most environmentally harmful vegetable out there. Most of the pollution is created after they leave the farm, primarily through cooking. If you bake your potatoes, for example, most recipes require you to leave them in the energy-sucking confines of your oven for a whole hour. You could run a 60-inch television for more than 8 hours on that energy! ThinkStock
9. EggsTo produce eggs, you need hens. Hens need feed, which is responsible for 76 per cent of greenhouse gases produced for those eggs to reach your table. This is largely due to the chemical fertilizers used to grow the feed in the first place. Every kilogram of egg consumed produces 4.8 kilograms of carbon emissions. If that doesn't freak you out, Canada alone produces 6 billion eggs per year. ThinkStock
8. TunaCanned tuna has a lower rate of emissions than regular tuna because there is less waste and no cooking in the canning process. The stuff just goes directly from the tin onto your sandwich. That said, it still isn't anywhere close to being an environmentally-friendly food. Canned tuna produces 6.1 kilograms of carbon emissions for every kilogram consumed. ThinkStock
7. ChickenChickens, while they require far less feed than pigs or cows, rely on a processing method that is more energy and water intensive. By the time you've finished your dinner, that chicken released 6.9 kilograms of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere for every kilogram you consumed.ThinkStock
6. TurkeyLooks like you'll be finding something else to eat this Thanksgiving. By the time turkeys are raised, fed, slaughtered and transported to the grocery store, they produce 10.9 kg of greenhouse gases for every kilogram eaten. ThinkStock
5. Farmed salmonFarmed salmon are a bit of a catch 22 (see what we did there?). Environmentally-conscious shoppers know that salmon farms are a response to over fishing, but the farms themselves come with a damaging carbon footprint. Plus, since consumers throw away a lot of what they buy, additional salmon are produced for every pound eaten. Every kilogram you consume will pump another 11.9 kilograms of carbon emissions into the atmosphere.ThinkStock
4. PorkEven though it's among the most popular meats consumed worldwide, you should stop pigging out on pork. For every kilogram eaten, 12.1 kilograms of emissions spew into the air.ThinkStock
3. CheeseIt might surprise you that cheese is high on the list. The problem is cheese doesn't occur naturally, it must be created. Less-dense cheeses, like cottage, produce fewer emissions because they require less milk to create. On average though, you're favourite snack produces 13.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions for every kilogram you eat. ThinkStock
2. BeefThe production of beef eats up 28 times more land than that of chickens or pork. Cow farmers also have to supply their cattle with 11 times more water, and use six times the amount of nitrogen fertilizer (which can pollute waterways). Beef produces 27 kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalents for every kilogram consumed. ThinkStock
1. LambBelieve it or not, part of the reason meat creates such a large carbon footprint is because of the methane gas the animals naturally produce through digestion. Lamb, however, is exceptionally damaging because the animal produces less edible meat relative to its weight, producing a shocking 39.2 kilograms of carbon dioxide for each kilogram eaten.ThinkStock