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india Updated: Jun 05, 2010 01:20 IST

Carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 for which you are personally responsible. It’s a measure of direct CO2 emissions from the burning of fossil fuels including for domestic energy consumption and transportation.

Meat has the highest carbon footprint of any food. Production of grain to feed animals uses fertilisers and pesticides, and the food animals consume is routinely sprayed with pesticides — adding to the carbon footprint.

Mahatma Gandhi, when asked whether he thought India could follow British model of industrial development, said, “It took Britain half the resources of this planet to achieve prosperity. How many planets will India require...?”

Sweden is the first nation to have tags on the ‘food miles’ or carbon footprint of foods sold there — including transport costs. Labels on foods sold at various edible junctions in Sweden represent the food’s carbon footprint.

Jamais Cascio, an environmental researcher, claims the carbon emission of a US cheeseburger is around 3 kg. Americans eat 150 burgers per person every year, the greenhouse gas equivalent of 7,500-15,000 SUVs.