04 January

Mussels and carbon Footprint


Mussels are healthy food, which many studies have shown. High on protein, low on fat, high on omega 3 fat and minerals.

Also, the way we fish them in Denmark is sustainable,which we can celebrate with the 8-year anniversary of the first MSC certification of the Limfjord Fishery here in January 2018.

But what about the carbon footprint of producing mussels??

In 2009 the Danish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fishery published a cookbook called "Klima på bordet" or in English "Climate on the table".

The book contained 12 different recipes, which all had a lower carbon footprint than the normal food eaten in Danish households. The 3 favorites of the Danes according to the cookbook was meatball with potatoes and butter sauce, Oven baked chicken with potatoes and Spaghetti Bolognese. The carbon foot print for these favorites is between 7,0 and 13,2 kg CO equivalent.

By using the recipes in the cookbook, the Danish consumers are able to reduce the carbon footprint to half or less, than by eating the favorites.

One of the recipes was a meal with mussels. In this dish, the carbon footprint is 1,2 kg CO equivalent or 10-20 % of the normal Danish food. Actually, the carbon footprint of mussels themselves is 0,1 kg CO equivalent, which is equivalent to carrots and apples.

So, mussels are not only healthy and sustainable, but even the carbon footprint of the production process is minimal.

So for yourself and the planet: Eat mussels

Link to the cookbook:

http://www.brightgreenisland.dk/baeredygtig-oe/Documents/Klimakogebog_dansk.pdf