Processed Agricultural Products – Carbon Footprint Database

Introduction – Carbon Footprint Of Processed Agricultural Products

Carbon footprint of processed products, largely from non-animal, agricultural sources. 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 not technologies that 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.

Beer and chocolate are high in calories because they contain a lot of sugar and carbohydrates. The sugar and carbohydrates are the main sources of energy for the body, so when consumed, they are converted into calories. Additionally, beer contains alcohol which is also a calorie-dense nutrient.

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Carbon Footprint Of Processed Agricultural Products – Table

Food itemCarbon kg CO2eq/kg
beer in can0.69
beer in glass0.96
beer modular can0.53
chocolate or cream filled cookies1.53
simple cookies1.39
mineral water0.49
bread multicereal0.70
bread plain0.89
bread whole0.77
bread frozen1.31
dark chocolate2.71
milk chocolate3.60
coffee ground5.13
coffee parchment8.29
coffee drip filtered0.60
coffee soluble powder0.33
flavored crackers0.93
plain crackers1.35
wholegrain crackers0.97
egg pasta3.15
raspberries (f)1.18
apple juice (i)2.84
blueberry juice (i)3.00
cranberry juice (i)2.88
fig juice (i)3.20
kiwi juice (i)2.84
mango juice (i)2.96
pineapple juice (i)2.78
strawberry juice (i)2.68
orange juice0.46
pear juice0.49
buckwheat flour1.96
durum wheat0.47
graham flour0.47
maize flour1.31
millet flour1.37
oat meal0.87
sorghum flour1.33
wheat plain flour0.52
whole wheat flour0.36
ice cream1.02
azuki bean flour1.32
mung bean flour1.49
soy meal0.62
beans in can0.11
green beans in can1.45
beans (f)1.77
green beans (f)2.74
almond covered with chocolate4.80
hazelnut covered with chocolate3.43
almond paste2.98
hazelnut cream2.71
hazelnut paste1.69
peanut butter1.15
peanut paste1.84
olive oil3.27
palm oil2.43
peanut oil2.90
rapeseed oil1.79
soybean oil1.79
sunflower oil0.98
pesto without garlic2.72
beet sugar0.94
cane sugar0.62
cakes and croissant2.14
cocoa cakes and croissant1.94
tomato chopped1.47
tomato peeled1.30
tomato puree1.03
tomato & basil1.14
tomato arrabbiata1.24
carrots canned1.60
corn canned1.36
carrots (f)0.27
zucchini (f)1.35
soy cream1.62
almond milk0.42
coconut milk0.41
rice milk0.66
soy milk0.78
soy burger1.48
soy yogurt1.36
wine red (see: box wine)0.87
wine white (see: box wine)0.44
yeast compressed0.82
yeast dried3.29
yeast liquid0.50
Carbon footprint of processed agricultural products – table of values

Carbon Footprint Of Processed Agricultural Products – Chart

Carbon footprint of processed agricultural products – chart

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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