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Just ONE barbecue causes as much pollution as a 90-mile car journey

Just ONE barbecue causes as much pollution as a 90-mile car journey

Just ONE barbecue causes as much pollution as a 90-mile car journey, scientists revealA barbecue for four people releases more greenhouse gas than 90mile car tripResearchers found it is the equivalent of 800 balloons full of carbon dioxide The 100g beefburger would be responsible for the largest part of the emissionsScientists found that switching to vegan alternatives…


Just ONE barbecue causes as much pollution as a 90-mile car journey, scientists reveal

  • A barbecue for four people releases more greenhouse gas than 90mile car trip
  • Researchers found it is the equivalent of 800 balloons full of carbon dioxide 
  • The 100g beefburger would be responsible for the largest part of the emissions
  • Scientists found that switching to vegan alternatives could reduce the emissions

A barbecue releases more greenhouse gas than a 90-mile car journey.

The estimated carbon output is based on the burning of charcoal and on the energy used to produce the food.

Researchers from the University of Manchester calculated that a barbecue for four would release the equivalent of 800 balloons full of carbon dioxide.

As well as the impact on the environment, barbecues often lead to food poisoning from raw or undercooked meat, which contain bacteria such as salmonella, E.coli and campylobacter [File photo]

As well as the impact on the environment, barbecues often lead to food poisoning from raw or undercooked meat, which contain bacteria such as salmonella, E.coli and campylobacter [File photo]

They assumed each diner would consume two beefburgers, two bread rolls, two slices of cheese, butter, ketchup and a bowl of strawberries and cream.

Switching to chicken or going vegetarian cut emissions sharply.

‘Food contributes over 20 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions,’ said Sarah Bridle, who led the research. 

‘As the barbecue season gets underway, people might like some food for thought about the impact of their choices on the environment.’

Researchers from the University of Manchester calculated that a barbecue for four would release the equivalent of 800 balloons full of carbon dioxide. They assumed each diner would consume two beefburgers, two bread rolls, two slices of cheese, butter, ketchup and a bowl of strawberries and cream

Researchers from the University of Manchester calculated that a barbecue for four would release the equivalent of 800 balloons full of carbon dioxide. They assumed each diner would consume two beefburgers, two bread rolls, two slices of cheese, butter, ketchup and a bowl of strawberries and cream

The professor said a 100g beefburger would be responsible for the largest part of the greenhouse gas emissions – around 60 balloons, or six miles in a car.

She added: ‘By switching to chicken you could reduce that to around 15 balloons, or about one and a half miles in a car.’

She said a barbecue where meat was replaced with vegan sausages, cheese was swapped for onion, butter was exchanged for vegetable spread and cream was switched to sugar would reduce the emissions to the equivalent of about 80 balloons of carbon dioxide per head for the meal.

That corresponds to driving about eight miles per person – less than half of the typical barbecue emissions.

Greenhouse gas is not the only harmful result of a charcoal barbecue. Wood sold as charcoal has been found in the past to be illegally logged from countries such as Nigeria and Paraguay.

In addition, burning it releases harmful particulates into the atmosphere, which can increase the likelihood of respiratory diseases and cancer.

As well as the impact on the environment, barbecues often lead to food poisoning from raw or undercooked meat, which contain bacteria such as salmonella, E.coli and campylobacter.

The findings will be showcased at the Royal Society summer science exhibition to be held this week in London.

A barbecue releases more greenhouse gas than a 90-mile car journey. The estimated carbon output is based on the burning of charcoal and on the energy used to produce the food [File photo]

A barbecue releases more greenhouse gas than a 90-mile car journey. The estimated carbon output is based on the burning of charcoal and on the energy used to produce the food [File photo]

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Just ONE barbecue causes as much pollution as a 90-mile car journey, scientists reveal 

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