Orange Juice and Its Carbon Footprint

February 4, 2009 at 12:25 am Leave a comment

Ever wonder how much carbon was released into atmosphere to make the container of orange juice in your frig?  PepsiCo, the owner of the Tropicana brand, might start giving us an idea.  Last month the company released the carbon footprint of a one-half gallon carton of Tropicana pure premium orange juice.  According to the company, every half-gallon carton is responsible for releasing the equivalent of 3.75 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, the bulk of it produced, not in transportation, but in the growing of the oranges themselves.  About 60 percent of the carbon was generated during juice production, with transportation accounting for only 22 percent.  Juice production was high in greenhouse gas emissions because orange trees rely heavily on fertilizers, which are based on fossil fuels. 

PepsiCo’s carbon footprint calculation was reviewed and verified by the Carbon Trust, a company set up by the U.K. government to accelerate the move to a low-carbon economy.  The company works with organizations to reduce carbon emissions.

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