Ireland best in EU for carbon footprint of milk, pork, and poultry meat

The carbon footprint of Irish food products have been rated as amongst the best in the EU according to a major study just published by the Joint Research Centre of the EU Commission.
Wednesday 16 February 2011 (7 years 3 months 5 days ago)
The carbon footprint of Irish food products have been rated as amongst the best in the EU according to a major study just published by the Joint Research Centre of the EU Commission.

Irish milk has the lowest (joint with Austria) carbon footprint in the EU at 1 kg CO2-eq/kg milk, compared to the EU average of 1.4kg. According to the study, Irish pork also has the lowest carbon footprint in the EU (4.8 kg vs EU average of 7.5 CO2-eq/kg pork) as does Irish chicken (3.3 kg vs EU average of 4.9 CO2-eq/kg poultry).

Other Irish animal products are also reported to have low carbon footprints. For example, Irish beef has a carbon footprint of 19 kg CO2-eq/kg beef, well below the EU average of 22.1 kg CO2-eq/kg beef, and it is the 5th lowest in the EU.

In the report, the carbon footprint of Brazilian beef was estimated to be 80 kg CO2-eq /kg beef when land use change is included (and 48 kg when land use change is not considered) due to a lower productivity of beef production.

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