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NEWS: O.J. Has Bigger Carbon Footprint Than Water

According to the U.K.’s Carbon Trust consultancy, Tropicana has revealed that the carbon footprint of a liter of its Pure Premium orange juice—including packaging, distribution and orange growing and squeezing—emits 0.9kg of carbon dioxide. Thirty five percent of the emissions come from the fertilizer used to grow the oranges; the fertilizer alone is responsible for more CO2 emissions than the bottled water. Recent calculations put the carbon emissions of a liter bottle of Fiji Water, produced in Fiji and shipped to the United States, at 0.25kg. In addition, about seven times the amount of water inside the bottle is wasted in production and transport.

That’s food for thought for those of us who have cut back on bottled water to help save the planet. If each food product we buy had greenhouse gas labeling in addition to nutrition labeling, we’d probably be shocked more often than not…and make other choices, just as we have thanks to nutrition labeling.

Carbon Trust was set up by the British government in 2001 as an independent company with a mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy by working with organizations to reduce carbon emissions and develop commercial low carbon technologies.

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