Researchers from the University of Manchester, have calculated that the Carbon cost of the UK Christmas dinner is equivalent to 6,000 car journeys around the world or 51,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
According to Project leader professor Adisa Azapagic:
“Food production and processing are responsible for three quarters of the total carbon footprint, with the largest proportion – 60% – being related to the life cycle of the turkey.
“All stages in the supply chain have been considered, including raising the turkey, growing the vegetables, food storage, consumer shopping, cooking the meal at home and waste management.
“This includes the emissions of carbon dioxide due to energy consumption along the turkey supply chain and the emissions of methane and nitrous oxide generated due to the agricultural activities to raise the turkey.”
The cranberry sauce alone, normally imported from North America, contributes half the carbon footprint related to transport.
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