Meat – Carbon Footprint Database

Introduction – Carbon Footprint Of Meat

Carbon footprint of meat – different products are given below but exclude fish, eggs, dairy products. Data was obtained from caloric values per kg of each meat and also a study by researchers Petersson and Castaldi 2021.

We will present the data in both table and chart form. Carbon intensity must be estimated by considering the process of production. There are no technologies that can measure it directly.

Because each study estimates carbon intensity differently, there will be discrepancies between values given here and elsewhere on this site. Consider averaging over multiple sources to get the most accurate estimate.

Meat is a source of protein and is carbon intensive to raise except for a few choices

Meat is one of the most carbon intensive foods. Yet it is also one of the most protein rich foods. Cutting out beef would be the single most effective way to alter your carbon footprint with respect to meat. We discuss the most environmentally friendly meat in more detail in a separate article.

Go here for all other food categories and the carbon footprints.

Carbon Footprint Of Meat – Table

Food ItemCarbon kg CO2eq/kg
beef bone free meat25.75
beef meat with bone17.96
buffalo bone free meat78.80
kangaroo meat4.10
lamb bone free meat25.23
lamb meat with bone16.70
pork bone free meat5.72
pork neck4.03
pork ham7.95
pork sausages17.94
pork meat with bone3.44
chicken bone free meat3.68
emu bone free meat1.50
duck meat bone free4.10
turkey meat bone free4.08
chicken meat with bone2.82
duck meat with bone2.07
turkey meat with bone2.13
rabbit meat with bone4.31
snails (escargot)0.73
Carbon footprint of meat – table of values

Carbon Footprint Of Meat – Chart

Carbon footprint of meat – table of values

Anne Lauer
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Anna Lauer is a writer, gardener, and homesteader living in rural Wisconsin. She has written for Mother Earth News, Grit, and Hobby Farms magazines. Anna is writing a new book about growing your food for free and an ultimate guide to producing food at little to no cost. When shes not writing or gardening, Anna enjoys spending time with her husband and two young daughters.

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