Can the straightforward act of consuming a sandwich actually be dangerous for the setting?
New analysis by British scientists suggests a stunning response: Is dependent upon the sandwich.
Researchers on the College of Manchester Thursday introduced the outcomes of what they declare to be “the primary ever examine wanting on the carbon footprint of sandwiches, each home-made and pre-packaged.”
Maybe not surprisingly, the outcomes are dangerous information for meat-eaters. The examine discovered that sandwiches containing pork meat (that is bacon, ham and sausage), cheese and prawns contained the best carbon footprints.
The worst of the lot, the so-called “all-day breakfast” sandwich containing egg, bacon and sausage, created the identical carbon dioxide emissions as driving a automobile 12 miles.
The examine took into consideration the environmental impression of elevating numerous sandwich components, processing them, transporting them, packaging them and refrigerating them earlier than buy and consumption.
Of their conclusion, the researchers suggest decreasing the quantity of cheese and meat in sandwiches, extending sell-by and use-by dates, and making sandwiches at residence if in any respect attainable.
The sandwich is one thing of a U.Okay. specialty. John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, is believed to have invented the delicacy someday within the 1700s for these events when he was unable to suit a meal into his busy work schedule (or playing schedule, relying on what supply you imagine).
Based on the British Sandwich Affiliation (sure, there’s such a factor they usually actually have a journal), greater than 11.5 sandwiches are consumed annually within the U.Okay. alone.