The Carbon Footprint Of A Sandwich

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Follow the path of a BLT from field to plate.

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Produced by Ryan Kellman and Adam Cole (@cadamole)
Senior Editors: Andrea Kissack
Supervising Editor: Anne Gudenkauf

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48 thoughts on “The Carbon Footprint Of A Sandwich

  1. Really puts things into perspective. I think you should also add a very small hint type of thing a the end how people could offset this. Going solar would be the obvious deal for the laptop or computer (and every other electrical device people have at home) , just tips like that would be great to not only make people aware, but to educate them on the "how to" change if they want to apply it.

  2. I love this video. I can show this now when I come across someone who thinks it’s easy to change the world in just a few steps now know what goes on behind the scenes so to speak.

  3. Great video. However, you were able to give a number of g of CO2 of your BLT sandwich. Could you maybe compare it with a vegetarian and a vegan sandwich? Basically throwing in some eggs instead of bacon for vegetarian, and replacing that again with something of a vegan sandwich with proteins (no idea what one could use for that unfortunately, I'm not a sandwich guy).
    Would help people understand the impact of meat! (Which may, or may not be the goal of your video).

  4. It created JERBS for WIMIN?! xD. Cool story, thank you. Honestly I clicked it just because I thought "come on, how do you make this interesting" – so surprised. Really had fun watching this :). Super high quality stuff. Thank you.

  5. I thought about commenting on this video, but then I realized that my response (and the 4 or 5 hysterical responses to that comment) would create some amount of CO2 that would raise the Earth's temperature by 0.0000000000000001º by the year 2175. I mean it would increase someone's "projection" of what the temperature would be in 2175. Actually, in 2175 someone in power at CRU or NOAA would lower today's temperature record to illustrate that the temperature had risen exactly 0.0000000000000001º since 2017. Which of course is EXACTLY the same thing, right?

  6. How many gazillion sandwiches do you have to make though to equal the carbon foot print of Al Gores G650 which burns 503 gallons of kerosene per hour which according the UK DEFRA almost 2 ton/hour of fuel so that should equal 6 tons/hr of CO2. (I still don't believe their numbers). What really pisses off skeptics is the f'ing hypocrisy is so call global warming believers is their telling me I have to live in a grass hut and walk to work, yet they can burn what ever they need to feel warm and fuzzy. That shows their totally fraudulent position. This is all about control, to hell with freedom and liberty.

  7. How much would the carbon footprint of the sandwich be reduced if it were a BLB vs. a BLT? Bacon-lettuce-bugs, as in edible insect protein (e.g. crickets, mealworms, ants or other commercially farmed arthropods). I've seen reports that insects are far more efficient sources of protein per gram, required far less feed, fertilizer and land, and release almost no methane. Entomophagists unite!

  8. Interesting that almost the entire 3 minutes are spent detailing the creation of the bread, yet merely 10 seconds on the carbon footprint of 4 strips of bacon, which FAR exceeds every other ingredient of the BLT. Even had to drastically compress the units of the graph just to fit the carbon from bacon into it. Replacing the flesh of a pig's belly with tempeh in this sandwich seems like an obvious answer to drastically reduce its environmental impact. Considering so few people understand the enormous impact of animal agriculture, emphasis on this most damaging ingredient would have been incredibly useful for educating the public. For those interested in learning why animal agriculture is largely absent from discussions about environmental and health solutions, check out the films COWSPIRACY and WHAT THE HEALTH… both on Netflix.

  9. I really want to be more green. I care, I really do. I bicycle commute and eliminated one car, etc, but this is not even close to science.

    All that transport is far more efficient than portrayed. In fact, the whole buy local movement is a good idea, but based on bad science. Every trip mentioned in this video is more efficient than portrayed because it is like car pooling. Because it is moved in mass, it is more energy efficient than hundreds of locals growing and moving the same amount locally.

    Modern trucks and tractors are far more energy efficient than portrayed. This is especially true of tractors that now actually reburn fuel for both efficiencies and emissions that rival electricity (except in the production of the fossil fuel). They are years, perhaps decades, ahead of automotive. They are still a long way behind the efficiencies of moving these products by rail and barge.

    indeed, meat production is not efficient compared to plants. Aside from eliminating, or to drastically reduce our meat consumption (possibly a more worthy topic), large scale operatioms, that require transport, are still more environmentally friendly than lots of near local producers doing it in a small scale.
    I prefer local meat produced in a more humane and less chemically enhanced manner, but that has more to do with regulation than location.

    The only way for this video to make sense would be to turn back large swathes of land in and around all of our communities, to farm production. I could live with no suburbs or individual housing. I doubt most of the world would agree.

  10. This pop scientist is ideologue biased to mislead the audiance in the worst, unscientific way of education and reasoning. He only uses how much fossil feul we human being use to produce our food, but deliberately ignore how much of CO2 we may have converted into our crops and soils in the food prodution process.

  11. Great video. A bit shorter than the normal one, but it quickly got the point across. It would also be great to see a video of water usage as many parts of the world already are and are becoming more arid.

  12. But what about the carbon taken from carbon dioxide as the wheat, sugar, tomato and lettuce grow. Pretty much all the carbon in there is from CO2 in the air. Plus the plants that fed the pigs are made from CO2.
    Two slices of bread contain 3 x 10^25 carbon atoms in the form of carbohydrates. That's a lot of carbon taken from the atmosphere. You didn't tell your audience one rather important fact. Plants spend most of their growing time, taking in CO2, splitting off the carbon, making more plant cells with the carbon and releasing the oxygen. Remember that most of the whole plant is carbon and water. So to produce the 30,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms of carbon in the bread, you need all the other parts of the wheat plant too. That's a lot more carbon dioxide than just the carbon atoms tied up in the seeds, the bit we eat.
    I appreciate that the point of the video was to make people think about the carbon used to make food, but only telling half the story is as bad as the climate change deniers ignoring facts to support their case.

  13. Beautiful production! Plus the way the message is conveyed is much more hopeful than all the others stressing the carbon footprint. Job well done!

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