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Why does cheese have such a high carbon footprint?

TL;DR The chart is misleading since it compares carbon imprint by mass instead of a measure of how much a human needs to survive. Argument The chart you link contains false comparisons. They are ...
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Why does cheese have such a high carbon footprint?

1kg of cheese takes around 10kg of milk to produce (more for some cheeses - e.g. parmesan is around 1:16; less for softer cheeses). So the carbon footprint of cheese is going to be at least that ...
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What to do with expired food?

To add to Chris' answer, I'd say eat them after doing the usual look-, smell- and taste-checks. Above all, make sure the can hasn't been deeply dented, is rusty or is bulging; in those cases, don't ...
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What to do with expired food?

Eat them. Then look into what the different types of expiry date mean. Tins, dried pasta and many other foods have a best before date based on guesswork about quality. Most foods sold chilled and ...
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Do the veggies you eat today have the same amount of vitamins and minerals as they used to twenty years ago?

Several news outlets and popular science publications have reported on this subject in the last few years. Often, the focus is not specifically on vitamins, but on nutrients in general (i.e. "...
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Is a fish based diet most sustainable?

Greenhouse gases aren't the only consideration. A problem is the sustainability of fishing. Are the fished species in danger of extinction? Do the fish or fishing have extinction-causing effects on ...
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Would a tax on non-organic meat have environmental benefits?

Would levying taxes on non-organic meat be an effective means to reduce consumption and thus reduce the environmental harm? Yes. But. It would add complexity compared to just taxing all meat, and ...
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How do organic nuts differ from non-organic nuts?

Pesticide use Conventional farming uses both pesticides and fertilizers. Organic farming may only use a small list of pesticides or fertilizers, which usually excludes most if not all conventional ...
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What is an environmentally-conscious replacement for white yogurt?

Diversify In a paper unearthed recently by our friend LShaver question, a key point is that the worst identified menace today is Biodiversity loss, beyond Nitrogen cycle disruption, and way beyond ...
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Carbon footprint of soy milk versus cow's milk

Tesco (a large UK supermarket chain) have carbon footprinted a large number of their products - https://www.tescoplc.com/assets/files/cms/Tesco_Product_Carbon_Footprints_Summary(1).pdf. For fresh ...
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Doesn't it make more sense to wrap hot sandwiches with the foil facing in?

The foil / paper lamination creates air pockets between the layers that retain heat. Also the paper side absorbs some moisture and oils to attempt to keep it from getting soggy
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What kind of nuts are eco-friendly?

TLDR: Regarding water consumption and plain land use, Brazil nuts are the winners, and by far -- at least from the numbers in this old report. However, eating too many Brazil nuts can lead to selenium ...
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How to preserve meat during warm months without electricity?

I grew up very poor, out in the country, the youngest of seven, and my mom was a widow. She canned everything over an open fire outside, in a galvanized tub, the same one we used to take our baths in....
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Alternative to paper towels for draining fried food?

I have not found much of an alternative to paper towels, but you could at least try the following: Drain food that has been deep fried on a wire rack. Only after this use paper towel to soak up ...
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Using other peoples resources for basic living

It's reasonable to say that a lifestyle can still be sustainable even if not everybody could live that way. It's like filling a niche in an ecosystem. Obviously we can't all eat discarded/excess meals,...
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Most eco-friendly staple food

First approximation: What is the cheapest starch? Use dry weight, or bucks per calorie. This tends to maximize for the calories per acre of land used, and the costs to bring it to market. It does ...
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What type of guinea pigs will keep a food forest well cleaned?

We kept 70 - 80 wild guinea pigs in the back of our lot for perhaps four months. They free-ranged the pasture during the daytime and slept in sturdy cages at night. Every few weeks we would move the ...
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Why does cheese have such a high carbon footprint?

Also worth noting that these figures are based on a "high productivity" Wisconsin farm. I've got nothing against Wisconsin, the problem is the huge reliance on results from a single farm. A large ...
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How much soya is needed to produce a glass of cow's milk?

To summarise @EnergyNumbers's response which applies for UK milk, I will quote a section from the report he linked: "Between 60 and 112 litres of milk produced for each kilo of soya meal fed to cows, ...
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What feed is typically used in cricket farming?

I received the following answer after emailing a company that raises crickets. We use a agricultural feed that includes feed beans, buckwheat, and feed corn non of which are edible by humans. We ...
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Is "buying local" sustainable, with reference to food made from animals?

A good question, but one for which the answer will differ for different locations around the world. Here in New Zealand, for example, very little feed is brought in from outside of the farm upon which ...
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What is the environmental impact of meal kit subscriptions (Blue Apron, etc)?

A study recently published in Resources, Conservation and Recycling journal provides evidence that meal kits have a smaller carbon footprint than grocery shopping. From the study "Comparison of Life ...
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Carbon footprint of soy milk versus cow's milk

Ripple Foods, the California-based producers of non-dairy milks made from pea protein, commissioned a Life Cycle Analysis of different milk products that included both soy milk and cow/dairy milk. ...
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What do I feed my snails?

We have kept a snail around for several years in a terrarium. I'll tell you that they will eat almost any plant material. They munched all the ferns down to dirt, so now I just toss a sprinkle of ...
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What are examples of perennial crops?

All of the tree fruits, of course: apple pear all citrus apricot avocado cherry date persimmon olive plum fig Most of the soft fruits or "berries": raspberries blackberries blueberries grapes You ...
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Seaweed snacks without lots of packaging

You can make them yourself fairly easily by buying full sheets of seaweed in bulk at an Asian grocery store (some regular chain grocery stores carry them too). The big packs of seaweed do still ...
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Is boxed wine more ecofriendly than bottled wine?

According to figures from Alko (the Finnish state-owned alcohol distributing organisation), producing packaging for a 1,5 L (~4 gallons) wine pouch creates 96 g (~3,3 ounces) of CO2e/L whereas a 0,75 ...
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Most eco-friendly staple food

Your location will have a big influence on what is eco-friendly since things grown where you are may require intense inputs not needed on other sites. Melbourne and surrounding areas, for example, ...
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Reference request - Farm level, multi year comparison between organic and conventional agriculture

I believe the Farm Systems Trail research at Rodale Institute could be helpful for you, it has compared conventional and organic farm practices over a 30 year period. Lately added a rotational no-till ...
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