Better for the planet

Changing the choices you make at mealtimes is one of the simplest ways you can lighten your climate impact.

Plant-based foods tend to have a lower carbon footprint than meat and dairy, and in many cases, a much smaller footprint.

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Animal-sourced protein is 35 times more damaging to the environment than plant-sourced protein.

Source: Science magazine

Click between the two to see the average requirement
of water, land and CO2 emissions per 100 grams of meat and plants.


Water usage


Land use


CO2 emissions


Source: One Green Planet

Something to think about...

Yes, eating more plants will help safeguard our planet and improve the health of billions of people. The world is producing more fruit and vegetables – but still not enough. So, we also need to consider…


Expanding the types of food we eat

Why? Because climate change and water scarcity for growing crops increase the challenge of producing more of them.

Rethink how they are grown

Why? Ensuring that everyone can get enough fruit and vegetables requires improvements along the entire value chain, from production and processing to marketing and consumption.

What's your foodprint?

Your food not only contributes to your total greenhouse gas emissions, it uses a sizeable amount of land and water too. Together, they form your foodprint. Check out how your choices impact the environment.

Calculate your foodprint here →

Grow your own! Get a taste for urban gardening

Even small spaces can produce big rewards. Designer Sara Hallin Sandström has transformed her modest garden at her town house in central Malmo into a vegetable-growing haven. It’s a feast for both her tastebuds and her soul. 

What’s in your garden and why do you enjoy ‘growing your own’?

All kinds of stuff, from asparagus, zucchini and broad beans, to tomatoes, kale and aubergines. I like to experiment with new things and this year I am trying sweet potatoes. The reward is knowing that what you’re eating is really healthy, clean and the taste is so much better. 

For example, you should preferably eat asparagus within 30 minutes of cutting – you can’t even begin to compare the super sweet and crisp taste in comparison with a harvest that’s been transported and eaten weeks later. 

Were you always a green-fingered gardening guru?

No! But having grown up in the north of Sweden I have always been close to nature, and when I moved to Skåne in the south I was fascinated by how much you can actually grow here. I basically learned as I went along and it’s become a passion. I follow a lot of people on Instagram, read a lot of blogs and find that people are willing to help and inspire each other. Because it can be a labor of love – but it’s so worth it.  

What advice would you give to complete beginners?

Start small and choose something you like to eat. I started growing tomatoes and it’s amazing to pick your own, warm from the sun, super sweet and with so much flavor. You don’t even need a garden really – you can grow smaller varieties in pots in your windrow or on a balcony. There’s a lot of reward and they’re quite easy to grow.

Same goes for cucumbers; sprouts are easy and really nutritious too and herbs can be grown all year round.

Has growing your own vegetables influenced the way you eat?

Absolutely! I am a real foodie and have long-been into cooking but it’s made me so much more aware of ingredients and totally changed my way of eating. I still eat meat – perhaps once a week – and still enjoy it but I mainly cook and eat plant-based meals – so many more vegetables than before. 

I also love the tranquility. After sitting all day in front of the computer, it’s incredibly relaxing to be in the garden, using your hands, hearing the birds and really connecting to nature – even when living in the middle of a city. 

Follow Sara on Instagram and check out her blog – life of a gardenista – here

Better for the planet

Choose plants for the planet

The environmental impact of food is more than greenhouse emissions alone. The aspects of water and land use are important considerations too and together make up our personal foodprint. And small changes to our diet can significantly reduce it.

So, what can I do?