Climate Action Q&A #4

This Little Piggy had none…

Q: What impact do the foods we eat have on our climate?


A: Plenty.  And we need to do something about that.

The global average carbon footprint for beef is 26.6 Kg CO2/Kg beef. New Zealand’s pasture-based beef has a footprint less than half of this. Compare this to crayfish with a carbon footprint of 27.8 Kg CO2/Kg fish or sole at 20.8 Kg CO2/Kg fish.

By the time your beef gets to the kitchen bench, it’s carbon footprint is typically three times that of the production on farms.  Making farmers accountable for all of beef’s off-farm emissions is not what a just transition needs to be about.

The solution is a localised food production system focused on organic, seasonal and fresh foods that include some meat but mainly vegetable.

Also, did you know that taking dairy out of our diet and replacing the minerals and nutrients with alternatives, results in the same or only slightly lowered carbon footprint?

Growing Your Own Food is something that each of us can do as a climate action.  St Andrews Anglican Church have a community learning and demonstration garden and offer a Grow Your Own Food course for beginners. 

The communal food garden at St Andrews Pukekohe. Note the rain water collection system (left) and the composting system (on the far side of the raised pallet-bed.

This series of posts is based around a resource prepared by Anglicans CAN for an Expo organised by Community Networks Franklin

Held at the Pukekohe Town Hall on Wednesday 29th May, the Anglican Climate Action Network was represented with a stand covering carbon budgets presented in a Q&A style.  This is the fourth of five posts.

Here’s five questions (and the answers) that the Anglican Climate Action Network (Anglicans CAN) are asked at climate action events.  

The answers are detailed and given for parents to explain to their children. 

The questions are set in the context of a little ditty told by parents to their children across many past generations, and future ones too – I hope.

The answers are determined from the Sustainable Anglicans Carbon Footprint Calculator.  For more information, call John on 021 46 36 86.

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