Bon appetit

We are what we eat, so to be truly sustainable we need to eat more sustainably.

For many of us lunch is an opportunity to stop working, eat something tasty and enjoy time with our colleagues.

But it’s worth spending a second thinking about where your food came from and what impacts it might have (other than stopping that rumbling tummy).

The way in way in which food is produced, transported, packaged and prepared can have significant environmental impacts. If you really want to eat well, then keep the following in mind:

  • Choose locally sourced products where available
  • Fairtrade products deliver significant social benefits
  • Easy on the meat – the carbon footprint of meat is significant, so even reducing your meat consumption by a bit will have an impact
  • Choose food products with less packaging
  • Use mugs and glasses instead of disposable cups
  • Drink tap water instead of bottled water
  • Avoid disposable plates, knives and forks

Do you do any of these actions already? Can you suggest any more? Is there more that the UN could be doing to help with this? If so, we want to hear from you…

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Did You Know?

  • World population is increasing and expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050 compared to todays 7.2 billion. The demand of meat and milk is projected to increase respectively by 73 and 58 percent between 2010 and 2050.(Tackling climate change through Livestock, FAO, 2013)
  • Regarding environmental sustainability, the livestock sector contributes 14.5% to the total human-induced emissions of greenhouse gases.(Tackling climate change through Livestock, FAO, 2013)
  • GHG emissions from cattle represent about 65 percent of the livestock sector emissions (4.6 gigatonnes CO2-eq), making cattle the largest contributor to total sector emissions.(Tackling climate change through Livestock, FAO, 2013)
  • Globally, the production, processing and transport of feed accounts for about 45% of GHG emission from the livestock sector. (Tackling climate change through Livestock, FAO, 2013)

Additional Materials




The Livestock's Long Shadow report (FAO, 2006) aims to assess the full impact of the livestock sector on environmental problems, along with potential technical and policy approaches to mitigation. Livestock's contribution to environmental problems is on a massive scale and its potential contribution to their solution is equally large.