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Presentation Title

C-3 Climate Change Mitigation Through Dietary Choices: Meat Analogues—A Case Study

Presenter Status

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Second Presenter Status

Professor of Nutrition, School of Public Health

Third Presenter Status

Professor of Enviromental Health, School of Public Health

Fourth Presenter Status

Consultant

Fifth Presenter Status

Research Felllow, School of Public Health

Sixth Presenter Status

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, Nutrition and Wellness

Preferred Session

Oral Session

Start Date

30-10-2015 3:30 PM

End Date

30-10-2015 3:45 PM

Presentation Abstract

Background: There is growing concern of climate change and the impact of diet on earth’s climate. The new Dietary Recommendations for Americans aim to address this environmental risk by calling the American public to consume diets that are healthy for them and the environment. Production of animal proteins, particularly beef, put a heavy toll on the environment. Thus, there is a need to find suitable proteins alternatives that are less demanding for the environment.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) generated by meat analogs.

Methods: Life cycle assessment (LCA) was performed with SimaPro 8.0 to calculate the GHGEs generated in the production of meat analogs. In our calculations we chose one kg as functional unit; cradle to factory gate, as LCA boundaries; and TRACI 2.0, as the environmental impact method. Data inventories of each meat analog were provided by a leading manufacturer which contained the list and weight of ingredients, gas, electric, packaging materials, water use, transportation and storage.

Results: The GHGEs as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq) per kg of production were: chops, 3.31; corn dogs, 3.21; gluten stakes, 3.29; meat balls, 2.77; and scallops, 2.76.

Conclusion: The GHGEs generated from meat analogs ranges from 2.77 to 3.39 kg CO2eq. This is about ten times lower when compared to beef products. Meat analogs are a viable alternative for consumers who intend to protect the environment through dietary choices.

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C-3 Climate Change Mitigation Through Dietary Choices: Meat Analogues—A Case Study

Background: There is growing concern of climate change and the impact of diet on earth’s climate. The new Dietary Recommendations for Americans aim to address this environmental risk by calling the American public to consume diets that are healthy for them and the environment. Production of animal proteins, particularly beef, put a heavy toll on the environment. Thus, there is a need to find suitable proteins alternatives that are less demanding for the environment.

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to assess the greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) generated by meat analogs.

Methods: Life cycle assessment (LCA) was performed with SimaPro 8.0 to calculate the GHGEs generated in the production of meat analogs. In our calculations we chose one kg as functional unit; cradle to factory gate, as LCA boundaries; and TRACI 2.0, as the environmental impact method. Data inventories of each meat analog were provided by a leading manufacturer which contained the list and weight of ingredients, gas, electric, packaging materials, water use, transportation and storage.

Results: The GHGEs as carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2eq) per kg of production were: chops, 3.31; corn dogs, 3.21; gluten stakes, 3.29; meat balls, 2.77; and scallops, 2.76.

Conclusion: The GHGEs generated from meat analogs ranges from 2.77 to 3.39 kg CO2eq. This is about ten times lower when compared to beef products. Meat analogs are a viable alternative for consumers who intend to protect the environment through dietary choices.