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Offbeat By calorie, broccoli is a bigger carbon emitter than chicken

11:46  01 january  2020
11:46  01 january  2020 Source:   qz.com

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Broccoli as emitter . CALORIE COUNTING. Need an excuse to avoid broccoli ? Point to carbon emissions. That complexity is why it’s so difficult to uniformly quantify the climate impact of food production. One common way to present the data is by weight: For every kilogram of beef or chicken

Full nutritional breakdown of the calories in Chinese takeout/ chicken broccoli w/steamed rice & brown sauce based on the calories and nutrition in each ingredient, including Calories per Ingredient. Here are the foods from our food nutrition database that were used for the nutrition calculations of this recipe.

It’s no easy task getting food from farm to plate. Consider the path of animal protein: It requires not just fattening and slaughtering, but the front-end growing, watering, and transporting of animal feed, and the back-end shipping of steaks, bacon, and chicken breasts to grocery stores.

That complexity is why it’s so difficult to uniformly quantify the climate impact of food production. One common way to present the data is by weight: For every kilogram of beef or chicken or cheese or lettuce, how much greenhouse gas is emitted?

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Through that lens, animal products sit at the top of the list of emitters. For instance: Producing a kilogram of lamb means emitting 39 kilograms of carbon dioxide, 13 times as much as producing a kilogram of potatoes.

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They are aware that broccoli is calorie poor and 100 calories would be a huge portion, while beef is calorie dense, so 100 calories is a very small portion. offsetting the significant protein content of beef. 100 calories of steak is 50 grams. Which is about 1 cubic inch. One big bite.

But there is no one correct way to measure emissions. Consider this: When you quantify emissions released on a per-calorie basis, broccoli emits more greenhouse gas than pork or chicken, according to data presented by The Washington Post.

Viewed through this lens, animal agriculture is still the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. But some types of meat actually started to look like less serious climate offenders. When factoring emissions by calorie of food produced rather than weight, emissions from eggs, cheese, and farmed salmon fall relative to other foods. Meanwhile, emissions from tofu, broccoli, tomatoes, and 2% milk production all climb relative to their by-weight emissions.

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Calories in Chinese chicken and broccoli dishes vary greatly, depending on the sauces and other ingredients. Calorie counts will vary, too. Dishes with added fat and sugar will contain more calories than those made with small amounts of these ingredients.

HOW MANY CALORIES IN BROCCOLI AND CARROTS It depends on the amount of broccoli and the amount of carrot , and whether the broccoli and carrots are raw or cooked. To view various examples of the calories in broccoli and carrots, please see the page links below.

Simplifying food production in this way—whether by calories or weight—is clearly flawed. As the Post points out, if you gave up a kilogram of beef (2,280 calories), you’d need to replace it with 6.7 kilograms of broccoli to meet the same calorie count, but good nutrition is an issue of quality, not quantity. The calories you get from beef aren’t at all akin to the ones you get from a vegetable.

But to marry the goals of global health and environmental sustainability, we have to start somewhere. In early 2019, a team of scientists from around the world took a stab at the problem, publishing the EAT-Lancet report. It showed that, across the globe, people are generally over-consuming animal-based products, while not getting enough whole grains, legumes, fruit, and vegetables.

The suggestions that came out of that report weren’t without flaws. Its suggested sustainable diet wouldn’t be possible for some 1.6 billion people in the world due to cost. Still, it was a bold effort to investigate the balance between what we should eat to stay healthy and what we should eat to keep the planet healthy—broccoli or not.

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