Georgette Kilgore headshot, wearing 8 Billion Trees shirt with forest in the background.Written by Georgette Kilgore

February 8, 2023

Food. You may not think it makes much of a difference in your personal carbon footprint measurement.

However, believe it or not, your dietary choices have an impact on how many emissions you generate.

Man at a table wondering about the carbon footprint of his food.


Think about it.

If you live in Alaska, what was the carbon footprint of the avocado toast you ate at a restaurant? How many miles did that fruit have to travel by sea and by land transportation to get there?

The same is true for someone living in New York. How many trucks were used to transport the delicacies you buy every week? What’s the carbon footprint of shipping food products?

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One of the best ways to reduce the carbon footprint of food is to grow your own.

By eliminating the transport and reducing the massive water footprint of large agricultural crops, even a window garden and self watering planter can make a difference in your personal emissions.

Carbon footprint of food chart showing the various stages where carbon emissions are generated.

Granted, the latest studies show that the largest carbon generators on the planet are the top wealthiest 10 percent of the global population. Indeed, these elite humans have footprints that are 60 times higher than the world’s poorest.

And, the top one percent generate nearly 50% of the world’s carbon emissions…all on their own.

However, that doesn’t mean that we all can’t make informed decisions about our food choices, and find ways to lower the carbon footprint of food.1

The wealthiest people in the world generate the most carbon emissions chart.

But, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference in your consumption habits and the foods you eat.

Finding healthy foods that are also sustainable is simply delicious!

Keep reading to learn more yummy facts about food, or calculate your food carbon footprint right now:

Find specific meat, beef, dairy, and other food carbon footprint calculators below.

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1Ritchie, H. (2019, November 6). Food GHG Emissions. Retrieved February 8, 2023, from Our World in Data: <>