FAQs

Is methane worse than carbon dioxide?

Yes, methane is a greenhouse gas about 28 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth, on a 100-year timescale, and is more than 80 times more powerful over 20 years!

Is there such thing as Carbon Neutral beef?

Yes, however, there’s only one producer in Australia certified with carbon-neutral beef by the Australian Government Carbon Neutral Program.

What is carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting is when an activity prevents, reduces or removes greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere, compensating for emissions from elsewhere.

Is regenerative agriculture effective? How exactly does this process work?

Yes, regenerative agriculture is an effective practice and can act to reverse or minimise some of the environmental impacts caused by conventional agriculture. Unfortunately, very little of the food we eat is produced through regenerative agriculture.

Is organic food better than non-organic food at reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

Not necessarily. Although there is a consensus on the advantages of organic agriculture concerning human health, the same is not true of greenhouse gas emissions. Several authors argue that regarding the environment,, the production of organic food is not the recommended option to mitigate climate change.

What is the water footprint in food production?

The water footprint in food production measures the amount of water used to produce each food item. It can be measured for a single process, such as growing rice, or for a processed product, such as butter etc. 

Is Climate Change real?

Yes. According to most scientists, including the Australian Academy of Science it is real. The Earth’s climate has changed over the past century and the best available evidence indicates that greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from human activities are the main cause.

What is the Paris Agreement?

At COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015, parties to the UNFCCC reached a landmark agreement to combat climate change. 195 nations reached a historic agreement to combat climate change and accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low-carbon future.

How do I convince household members to become Climatarian?

Start a climate change conversation. Talk to your household members and explain why you are worried about climate change. Introduce the climatarian diet to them.

Is reducing red meat consumption good for my health?

Many dietitians believe that limiting red meat intake is associated with better health, however, the issue has not yet been completely agreed upon by the scientific community. While observational studies have shown an association between high red meat consumption (mainly processed meat *) with increased risk of developing chronic diseases, many researchers say that observational studies are limited, showing a low standard of evidence.

Why is kangaroo meat not as bad as other red meats? 

Kangaroo meat is a red meat option with a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to beef and lamb, mainly due to the low methane emissions, with several researchers advocating its consumption.

Can’t I just keep eating red meat until the livestock industry improves its practices?

No. We must change what we eat now if we want to reduce global warming. Significantly reducing your red meat intake is one of the best ways to lower your carbon footprint.

Some products claim to be zero emission or carbon neutral, is that a thing? 

Yes, companies can be certified as carbon neutral, they have to measure their emissions, reduce these where possible, offset remaining emissions and then publicly report on their achievement. 

What else can I do?

There are many individual actions you can take to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. These include reducing your transport footprint, switching to green energy and supporting ethical super funds and banks. 

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