Food and Climate Change Quiz

Test your knowledge about food and climate change with our quiz and celebrate the launch of Sarah Bridle’s Food and Climate Change without the hot air! The answer you click on will turn green if correct, red if incorrect.

1. How much of our carbon emissions comes from food?
15%
Wrong. Unfortunately, a quarter of all climate change comes from food.
35%
Not quite. A quarter of all climate change comes from food.
25%
Correct. A quarter of all climate change comes from food.
2. Which sandwich option causes more climate change?
Chicken sandwich
Wrong. It takes about 10kg of milk to produce 1kg of cheese, which is why the emissions for cheese are even higher than for chicken.
Cheese sandwich
Correct. It takes about 10kg of milk to produce 1kg of cheese, which is why the emissions for cheese are so high.
Peanut butter and jam sandwich
Wrong. The emissions of a cheese sandwich are highest.
3. Which snack option causes more greenhouse gas emissions?
Banana
Wrong. The greenhouse gas emissions for all three options are very small, but due to the dairy milk the emissions for the chocolate bar are highest, even though the banana is shipped by boat.
A small bar of milk chocolate
Correct. The greenhouse gas emissions for all three options are very small, but due to the dairy milk the emissions for the chocolate bar are highest.
A packet of crisps
Wrong. The greenhouse gas emissions for all three options are very small, but due to the dairy milk the emissions for the chocolate bar are highest.
4. Of the food wasted in Western countries, how much is wasted in the home?
70%
Correct. A shocking 70% of food waste is wasted in the home.
20%
Wrong. A shocking 70% of food waste is wasted in the home.
50%
Wrong. A shocking 70% of food waste is wasted in the home.
5. Which is worse for the environment, shipping fruit by boat or by plane?
By boat
Wrong. Emissions from ships vary significantly depending on the ship size and type of fuel, but cause fewer greenhouse gas emissions than planes.
By plane
Correct. Air-freighted fruit and veg is worse for the climate than shipping food by boat.

Keen to learn more about the emissions of food?

Check out Sarah Bridle’s Food and Climate Change without the hot air. Change your diet: the easiest way to help save the planet.

Food and Climate Change without the hot air

In Food and Climate Change without the hot air, Sarah Bridle details the carbon footprint of the food we eat, from breakfast to lunch, from snacks to supper. She breaks down the environmental impact of each food, so we can see where the emissions are highest and where we can make sustainable food choices.

With this knowledge, we can make changes to our diet – e.g. eating more locally grown produce and introducing meat free days. This will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions so damaging to our planet and probably be healthier for us, too.

Food and Climate Change without the hot air considers:

  • How to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that come from food – currently 25%.
  • What effect the food we eat has on the environment of our planet.
  • How climate change will affect the food we will eat in the future.
  • How consumers can play their part in reducing food-based carbon emissions.

No kitchen should be without this engaging, carefully researched and practical guide to the carbon in our food.

Prof Mike Berners-Lee, Author of ‘How Bad are Bananas’ and ‘There is no planet B’

Did you know a latte is ten times worse for the climate than a cup of black coffee? Or that each calorie of beef requires 20 calories of feed? ‘Food and Climate Change Without the Hot Air’ provides a levelheaded, clear, and detailed picture of food emissions – a basic literacy we should all have in a time of accelerating climate consequence.

Peter Kalmus, NASA climate scientist and author of ‘Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution’

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