According to the Sun, scientists have done emissions comparisons between butter and plant-based spread equivalents. For each pound of plant-based spreads, emissions were 3.3kg, compared to 12.1kg for butter.
The dairy butter had emissions of over 3 times the plant-based spread. Much of the emissions from dairy, including dairy butter, comes from cows‘ methane burps. Methane is 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at trapping heat and one pack of dairy butter is equal to 1 kilogram of cow emissions. Methane is responsible for 25% of global warming.
The study was produced in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment and included research on Upfield’s margarines.
Sally Smith, head of sustainability at Upfield, told The Sun: “In order to achieve emissions targets designed to limit global warming to 1.5° by 2050, there needs to be a fundamental transformation of our food system. In Western countries especially, we currently rely too heavily on meat and dairy. It is our responsibility as a forward-thinking company to understand and act to address the impact of our plant-based products on the environment. A shift to regenerative agricultural practices will be key for both arable and dairy farmers.”
Learn how to make your own vegan butter in One Green Planet. And read more articles on dairy, cows emissions in One Green Planet:
- Milk Life? How About Milk Destruction: The Shocking Truth About the Dairy Industry and the Environment
- Say What!? Cows Responsible for More Carbon Emissions Than Keystone Pipeline?
- Time to Go Plant-Based! Scientists Warn “Peak Meat” Must be Reached Within 10 Years to Fight Climate Change
- Go Meat-Free in 2020! Cows Contribute to a Third of World’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions
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