The climate load of food stuffs varies significantly, and different products’ emissions are generated at different stages of their lifecycles. Raw ingredients generally play the most important role, and primary production accounts for approximately 60% of the climate effects of food. Storage and processing ac-count for 30%, transportation and trade make up about 5% each.
The carbon footprint of meat is generally larger than that of vegetables, as the food chain for meat products is longer than that of vegetables. Eating meat requires, amongst other things, six times more arable land than eating vegetables.
The Environmental Impact of Food display describes and illustrates the climate effects of different food stuffs. The display has travelled to many different Helsinki Metropolitan Area lunch restaurants, including Haltia: the Finnish Nature Centre, Itella’s head office in Ilmala, and Carl August (Sodexo), Espoo virastotalo (Espoo Catering) and Kallio virastotalo (Palmia).
The display features signs made of reboard cardboard, plates and wooden food blocks.
The display doesn’t necessarily require an assistant. If you are interested in the display, please contact ilmastoinfo(at)hsy.fi