The Consumption of Sandwiches and Meat Is Responsible for Global Warming

Even if it may sound shocking, scientists blame the consumption of sandwiches and meat for global warming. British scientists have developed a new study which reveals this strange connection between global warming and eating sandwiches. Scientists at the University of Manchester have announced on January 25 the results of their newest study.

Their research is one of the first to focus on the carbon footprint of sandwiches, irrespective if we are talking about pre-packaged ones or home-made ones. Most likely, meat eaters will not be satisfied with the results. The research has unveiled that the sandwiches that contain pork meat, like sausage, ham, and bacon, and also prawns and cheese, had the highest carbon footprint.

Furthermore, the “all-day breakfast” sandwich that contains sausage, bacon, and egg was revealed to emit the same amount of carbon dioxide as driving a car for 12 miles. Isn’t that striking? The study takes into account all the processes through which the meat goes. Hence, it considers the emissions from the pig farms to the ones in the production process in the food industry.

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The production of sandwiches and meat triggers greater CO2 levels

This study makes the “all-day breakfast” sandwich to be the worst out of all when it comes to carbon print. When developing this study, researchers have considered the environmental impact of all the ingredients found in sandwiches. They have looked at how they are processed, transported, packed, and refrigerated before they are purchased and consumed. Scientists have proved that eating too much meat can lead to higher levels of carbon dioxide emissions.

Hence, scientists recommend reducing the amount of cheese and eat we put in our sandwiches while extending the sell-by and use-by dates. Furthermore, the best thing we could do is make our sandwiches at home. Instead of adding so much meat, bacon and sausages, we should consider fresh vegetables, maybe even switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet.

For instance, in the U.K., the sandwich is a specialty. In the U.S., burgers have become extremely widespread, being very popular for the beef meat and melted cheese. Many people enjoy these foods on a daily basis, without considering the fact that, as they eat, they have already impacted the environment. Generally, when purchasing burgers, meat or sandwiches, we rarely think about the fact that it comes in a plastic bag that we eventually throw away and it piles there somewhere in a landfill.

The production of all these meat products made from pork or beef triggers the accumulation of huge quantities of greenhouse gas emissions. In farms where cows and pigs are grown, the methane emissions coming from their manure have a devastating impact on the atmosphere. Due to the fact that the food industry is continuously flourishing, giving rise to more and more restaurants, it gradually increases the already huge levels of carbon dioxide.

Eating a sandwich could impact the environment

A turkey sandwich

The production of sandwiches and meat can increase the amount of greenhouse gas emissions.

Even if you may be tempted to say that it is only a humble sandwich, scientists say that it could kill us. However, not as we expect it to happen when considering its fat, cholesterol, salt and calories amount. Sandwiches and meat transform the issue of global warming into an even more severe problem. The study proved that the sandwich production could generate carbon emissions equivalent to 8.6 million cars in England alone, on an annual basis.

No one would think that this is an actual fact. Unfortunately, no matter how much we try to deny it, it is the truth. The carbon footprint of these products is way bigger than we have ever thought. Raising cattle in farms to slaughter them and use the meat in the food industry has even a greater impact. Every year farmers use gallons of water for their animals to drink. Furthermore, a lot more water is used when growing and cultivating the wheat and corn which is then used as livestock’s food.

Hence, the production of sandwiches and meat does not only increase the levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, it also consumes a huge amount of water. Potable water is limited, and there are several countries in the world where people die of thirst. While some have no water to drink, others give millions of gallons of water to their livestock, raising them for food.

The impact of carbon emissions

The study has also indicated that the residents in the UK consume about 11.5 billion sandwiches every year. This sums up to a huge amount of meat. This, in turn, means a wide number of pigs and cattle to raise. When the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increases, it can trap sunlight, gradually increasing temperatures.

The increase in temperature can trigger numerous abnormalities when it comes to weather patterns. That is why the year 2017 was declared by scientists to be the hottest one on record. Numerous heatwaves have affected different areas on the globe. Besides the high temperatures, high levels of greenhouse gas emissions also lead to air pollution. Air pollution kills millions of people every year, causing respiratory diseases and lung cancer.

Numerous countries have implemented different sets of rules, trying to cut down on carbon emissions. Some of them gave up on the use of coal, like China. The government decided to impose very strict regulations, and it has even closed a few power plants. The results are incredible since they have managed to win the war against air pollution, at least for now.

Summing up

If policymakers all over the world want to accomplish the Paris agreement goal, we should all start working on it. We need to diminish our carbon imprint. It does not matter whether this carbon footprint consists in consuming a sandwich or driving your car to work instead of walking. The most important thing is to do our best to succeed. In this way, our global warming problem would solve. Future generations will not be forced to live in a polluted environment.

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William E. Eubanks

I'm one of the main writers on the site; mostly dealing with environmental news and ways to live green. My goal is to educate others about this great planet, and the ways we can help to protect it.

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