Climate friendly dietary guidelines

Ellen Trolle, Lisbeth Mogensen, Anne Vibeke Thorsen, Michael Søgaard Jørgensen

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The aim of this study was to investigate how the present Danish diet could be changed in a climate friendly direction that follows the recommendations of a healthy diet.
The carbon footprint (CF) of an average Danish diet was calculated and compared to CF of a recommended healthy diet by 1) modifying the average diet according to the Danish food based dietary guidelines, 2) and adjusting to ensure an iso-energy content and a nutrient content according to the Nordic Nutrient Recommendations. Afterwards the healthy diet were changed further to reduce CF.
CF from the diet was reduced by 4%, if the healthy diet was eaten instead of the average current diet. However, if the diet was climate optimized by choosing foods with a low CF within the food groups; meat, vegetables and fruit, CF of this diet may be reduced by 23 % compared to CF of the average diet.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector : LCA Food 2014
EditorsRita Schenck, Douglas Huizenga
Number of pages8
Publication date2014
ISBN (Print)978-0-9882145-7-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 8 Oct 201410 Oct 2014


Conference9th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-food Sector
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

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