Lancashire ingredient in McDonald’s article that’s worst for the environment

An iconic McDonald’s burger is as bad for the environment as driving 15 miles, a new analysis suggests.

With the COP26 underway in Glasgow this week, the magnifying glass shows how each of our actions has an impact on the state of the planet as we know it.

New analysis has revealed just how polluting your favorite McDonald’s burgers are.

The Big Mac – which includes mayonnaise made in Lancashire – requires 2.35 kg of CO2 to be pumped into the atmosphere during its production, according to a carbon footprint calculator.

That’s the equivalent of driving 7.88 miles in an average British gasoline car.

Its younger brother, the Double Big Mac, is responsible for releasing the same amount of CO2 as a 14.95 mile trip.

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Millions of tons of CO2 are released into the atmosphere by humans every day in a process that traps heat and has caused global temperatures to rise at an unprecedented rate.

If the world’s population does not control their carbon emissions, a catastrophic scenario of environmental collapse, unbearable heat waves and climate-related conflict could be only a few decades away.

The scan attempts to show the environmental impact of 11 of McDonald’s most iconic menu items, the Mirror reports.

These numbers are calculated by putting the ingredients and their weights into a carbon calculator called Plate up for the Planet.

It is run by the Vegan Society in collaboration with Planet Friendly Food, two organizations that support moving away from meat diets will have a positive impact on the environment.

An important part of the calculation is where the product comes from, because of the emissions produced when transporting food from field to fork.



Carbon calculator shows how polluting your McDonald’s order is

The Big Mac, for example, is a global burger, with pickle from Turkey, lettuce from Holland or France, beef from Ireland or the UK, and mayonnaise made in Lancashire, among other ingredients.

Beef patties are by far the Big Mac’s biggest CO2 emitters, weighing 90g and emitting 2.11kg of CO2.

In contrast, McPlant – McDonald’s UK’s latest hamburger made from pea protein – only requires 0.12 kg of CO2 to be released in the production of its patty.

These figures are not official but calculations based on publicly available information provided by McDonald’s and other sources.

It should be noted that different carbon calculators produce different numbers, due to the difficulty in calculating the emissions released by the many steps in the food production process.

For example, the Less Meat Less Heat campaign group calculated that a Big Mac has the same carbon footprint as using an electric hand dryer 200 times, watching TV for 44 hours, and drinking 16 cappuccinos.

What is clear is that the items with the most meat produce the most CO2, due to the inefficient nature of raising animals compared to growing plants.

Beef generates 60 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per kilogram of meat produced – dozens of times more than cultivated products like nuts, apples and potatoes.

McDonald’s was asked to provide its own carbon emissions calculations to the Mirror, but it declined.

McDonald’s items with the largest carbon footprint

  1. Double Big Mac: 4.46 kg CO2e – 14.95 miles in an average British gasoline car
  2. Quarter pounder: 2.99 kg CO2e – 10.03 miles in an average British gasoline car
  3. Double bacon cheeseburger: 2.87 kg CO2e – 9.63 miles in an average British gasoline car
  4. Big Mac: 2.35 kg CO2e – 7.88 miles in an average British gasoline car
  5. Twenty McNuggets: 2.13 kg CO2e CO2e -7.15 miles in an average British gasoline car
  6. Chicken Legend with mayo: 0.9kg CO2e – 3.02 miles in an average British gasoline car
  7. Three Chicken Selects: 0.86kg CO2e – 2.88 miles in an average British gasoline car
  8. Fillet O’Fish: 0.82 kg CO2e – 2.75 miles in an average British gasoline car
  9. McPlant: 0.29 kg CO2e – 0.97 miles in an average British gasoline car
  10. McFlurry: 0.17 kg CO2e – 0.57 miles in an average British gasoline car
  11. Large fries: 0.15 kg CO2e – 0.5 mile in an average British gasoline car

A McDonald’s spokesperson said: “We take our climate responsibility very seriously and recently launched our Plan for Change which sets out a series of ambitious goals that will help us accelerate our efforts to reduce our impact on the world. the planet.

“This includes our goal of achieving net zero emissions across our business and value chain in the UK and Ireland by 2040.

“We are committed to leading the change in beef sustainability; our Better Grazing research project is helping us understand the benefits of using regenerative principles in beef farming, and we were founding members of the UK Cattle Sustainability Platform and the European Beef Sustainability Roundtable .

“We continue to share our knowledge with our farmers and suppliers to make sure we are working as sustainably as possible. “

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