155. Healthy Food for a Healthy Planet: The Carbon Footprints of Dietary Choices

FNCE Recorded Sessions from 2018

Our diets can play a critical role in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

  • SKU FNCE18155
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This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2018.

All over the globe people are feeling the impacts of climate change, and action at various levels (individuals, institutions and policies) has never been more important for addressing this massive challenge. Our diets can play a critical role in helping to reduce our carbon footprint. In fact, recent studies have shown that shifting demand away from ruminant animal-based foods will likely be necessary for reaching climate targets. This talk will distill and present currently available data on the carbon footprint of various foods through production and the cold refrigerated supply chain, or cold chain. It will also discuss changes in carbon storage associated with shifts in land use for agricultural purposes. The co-benefits of plant-forward diets will be discussed. Finally, voluntary shifts in diet that occurred as a result of education about the connections between food and environmental sustainability will be presented.

CPEU: 1.0
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 4070, 9020, 4040

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate how foods vary widely in the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their production and transportation.
  • Calculate the carbon footprint of a sandwich choosing from a list of possible ingredients and put those numbers in the context of what is needed to meet the Paris Climate Accord targets.
  • Describe the co-benefits of plant-forward diet patterns.


  • Jennifer Jay, Ph.D.


  • Lisa Dierks, MFCS, RDN, LD
  • SKU FNCE18155