Pasta is not only delicious, it is also sustainable. As the planet moves towards environmental uncertainty, choosing our food is important if we want to contribute to the best use of our resources. The new data on the costs of the diverse food systems has concluded that pasta is beneficial for the planet. Why?
Pasta is one of the foods with the best sustainability index since its production does not consume vast amounts of water and does not generate significant emissions of CO2. Pasta is one of the foods with the less intensive production for the environment, its carbon footprint is only of 15,5 oz CO2eq/lb (34,44 g CO2 eq/kg), much lesser that the one generated by other foods such as red meat, which carbon footprint is of 359,9 oz CO2 eq/lb.
Countries such as Brazil and the United Kingdom have incorporated sustainability in their dietary guidelines, promoting more foods of vegetable origin (such as pasta) and less animal source foods, which require greater resources for processing.
Throughout its processing, the environmental impact of pasta is really low, as compared to other types of foods. For instance, the amount of water needed to produce 1 calorie of food from cereals is twenty times less than the amount needed to produce 1 calorie of beef.
A research published in Ecosystems found that grains (such as the wheat used to make pasta) only use up 0.51 liters of water to produce 1 calorie of food. Besides, pasta does not need refrigeration, it is not affected by temperature changes and can be stored for a long time. Its packaging is 100% recyclable and its production generates less carbon emissions.
Few foods have such a high sustainability index: starting from the wheat harvest, through the pasta production, to its preparation in the kitchen and the packaging reuse, the pasta life cycle makes it possible to enjoy a delicious dish with a minimal environmental impact.