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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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  Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:05 AM

Is the humble sandwich a climate change culprit?
David Szondy
1/25/18
newatlas.com

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Scientists at the University of Manchester have found a surprising global warming culprit – sandwiches. In the first study of its kind, the researchers carried out an in-depth audit of various sandwiches throughout their life cycles and found the triangular meals could be responsible for the equivalent annual carbon emissions of 8.6 million cars in Britain alone.

In 1762, or so the story goes, the fourth Earl of Sandwich rocked the culinary world when he couldn't be bothered to leave the gambling table to eat and ordered the servants to just stick some meat between two slices of bread for him. Since then, the modern sandwich has become one of the most popular of food formats.

According to the British Sandwich Association (BSA), the United Kingdom spends £8 billion (US$11.3 billion) annually on 11.5 billion sandwiches, with half made at home and the other half bought at shops, supermarkets, kiosks, and service stations. To better understand the environmental impact of all these sarnies, the Manchester team looked at over 40 different sandwich types, recipes, and combinations as well as how they are made, packaged, transported, and stored. In addition, they considered the waste produced in making them, as well as the stale, rotten, or simply outdated sandwiches that are thrown away.

What the researchers found was that not all sandwiches are created equal and that some varieties have larger carbon footprints than others. The highest footprint was found in premade, prepackaged, all-day-breakfast sandwiches. These contain eggs, bacon, and sausage and are kept packaged and refrigerated until sold and eaten – all of which is estimated to add up to 1,441 g (3.18 lb) of carbon dioxide equivalent, or roughly the same as driving a car for 12 miles (19 km).

By contrast, the smallest footprint is that of a homemade ham and cheese sandwich. Overall, making your sandwiches at home potentially halves the carbon emissions compared to their prepackaged equivalents.

According to the team, a number of factors affect the sandwich's carbon footprint. Ingredients is one of them, with items like meat in general and pork in particular, cheese, prawns, lettuce, and tomatoes being particularly large footprint culprits. Producing these ingredients, as well as the bread and condiments, can account for 37 to 67 percent of the carbon dioxide produced. Other factors are the packaging, which makes up 8.5 percent of emissions, transportation (especially in refrigerated trucks) for 4 percent, and refrigeration at point of sale making up another 25 percent.

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:18 AM

Sandwich is good as any other reasons liberals have come up with. Let's ban sandwiches, that will fix the problem.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:42 AM

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:47 AM

When they outlaw sandwiches, only outlaws will have sandwiches...
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 09:48 AM

And some people wonder why a lot of people don't believe theses nutjobs
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:03 AM

I wonder if these clowns ate sandwiches during their lunch breaks.

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:08 AM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 25 January 2018 - 09:47 AM, said:

When they outlaw sandwiches, only outlaws will have sandwiches...

They can have my husband's ham sandwich when they pry it out of his cold dead hands.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:10 AM

Morons
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:20 AM

One could apply this absurd analysis to any and all food, including a can of beans.

Dumbassery disguised and sold as "academic analysis."
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:22 AM

View PostThePatriot, on 25 January 2018 - 10:10 AM, said:

Morons



That's an insult to morons everywhere...
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:23 AM

We could reduce the carbon footprint of all these researchers, if they just off them selves. Think of all the natural resources we could save.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 10:34 AM

I wouldn’t get a prepackaged sandwich from a vending machine anyway.

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:06 AM

View PostNoclevermoniker, on 25 January 2018 - 10:20 AM, said:

One could apply this absurd analysis to any and all food, including a can of beans.

Dumbassery disguised and sold as "academic analysis."

Especially that can of beans! The idiots are already trying to curb cow gases. Just think if everyone ate a can of beans a day.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:10 AM

When an American District Attorney remarked, "I could indict a ham sandwich", that was hyperbole. He was speaking figuratively. The University of Manchester not only indicts ham sandwiches, they put them on trial for environmental crimes.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:41 AM

View PostLadybird, on 25 January 2018 - 10:34 AM, said:

I wouldn’t get a prepackaged sandwich from a vending machine anyway.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8c/Katz%27s_Deli_-_Lunch.jpg

Hot damn, that looks tasty!
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 11:44 AM

The recently-emerging meme has been that it's difficult these days to tell the difference between genuine reports and parodies thereof. And this is the quintessential example. It's hard to convince myself this isn't an Onion piece. It might as well be.

Morons indeed.

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Posted 25 January 2018 - 12:24 PM

AGW or "climate change" has become the go to excuse to rationalize/justify whatever fringe insanity the Left wants to jam down the public's throat. No matter how inane or niche the belief, it has to be forced on people for their own good because of, well, "climate change!" You don't like people eating meat? Stop for god's sake or "climate change!" Don't like sexist Hollywood types, well, "climate change" makes sexism worse!

If the potential for harm from humoring these twits wasn't so high it'd be amusing, but unfortunately these neo-Marxist/Fascist wannabe dictators are poised to do immense damage if they get their way.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 12:36 PM

CO2 is pant food!!! More plants = More sandwiches for the little man!!! Sandwiches for all I say!!! Damn, now I want a pastrami on rye!!!!
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 12:58 PM

Please don't tell these idiots that we exhale carbon dioxide. They may want to regulate it.
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Posted 25 January 2018 - 08:38 PM

View PostFirst Sarge, on 25 January 2018 - 10:23 AM, said:

We could reduce the carbon footprint of all these researchers, if they just off them selves. Think of all the natural resources we could save.

I volunteer Al Gore who has one of the largest carbon footprints on the planet.
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