How does what we eat affect our climate and the environment? The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has a few simple tools to use to contribute to a fair level of access to sustainably produced food for everyone.
With the help of Matkalkylatorn – the Food Calculator – at www.matkalylatorn.se, you can easily find out how much your lunch or dinner generates in greenhouse emissions. In order for the world to be able to maintain the goal of a maximum of 1.5 degrees of global warming, the WWF has in the concept One Planet Plate defined a “climate budget for food”. Each and every person’s budget is 11 kilos carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per week – and then it’s up to each and every one of us making a meal to decide how to fit it within that budget. For a lunch or dinner, this means an average of 0.5 kilos CO2e per meal. Today, an ordinary Swedish lunch or dinner yields a very high figure – close to 2 kilos CO2e.
However, the climate is not the only thing that is important. At www.wwf.se, you find information and guides about other equally important sustainability aspects for food. One Planet Plats guides cooks on preparing meals for a living planet. Or you can get help from the Meat guide, a consumer guide that takes into account, biodiversity, climate, pesticides, antibiotics and the welfare of animals. It is available for download as a mobile application, which makes it easier to make conscious choices. A corresponding application is also available to help make wise choices in fish and crustaceans – the Fish guide.
Eating within the limits of what the planet can sustain can be colourful, healthy and exciting. What does your planet-smart meal look like?