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Carbon footprint of honey production and packaging

Carbon footprint of honey production and packaging

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This study investigates the carbon footprint of producing and processing honey in the USA. It finds that for 1 kg of honey produced commercially (i.e. at a large scale), between 0.37 to 1.06 kg CO2 equivalent are emitted. With regards to greenhouse gas emissions associated with large scale honey processing, the study suggests emissions range from 0.08 to 0.16 kg CO2 equivalent. Transport distance is identified as a key factor with regards to the amount of greenhouse gases emitted.

The study also notes that two small local honey producers investigated emitted significantly less greenhouse gas due to the reduced amount of transport.

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what can I do to reduce my environmental footprint?

While this study is based on the US honey industry, it would appear that buying from honey producers who extract and process the honey locally, i.e. requiring little transport, is the best way to reduce the carbon footprint associated with honey consumption.

Report Rating: 2 out of 3

Report Published: 2010

Country: USA

Author(s): University of California, Davis

Publisher: University of California, Davis

Funder: not identified, assumed to be the National Honey Board

Keywords: food, honey, breakfast, ingredient, environmental footprint, environmental impact

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