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Table 2 Calculation of greenhouse gas emissions in the US daily recommendation for fruita

From: The carbon footprint of dietary guidelines around the world: a seven country modeling study

FAO Food BalanceSheet Commodity Total of FruitRecommended(cups/d)b Apparentconsumptionproportionc Conversion factor(cups to kg)d GHGE impact factor(kg CO2-eq/kg)e GHGE(kg CO2-eq)
Apples and products   0.178 0.110 0.228 0.009
Bananas   0.113 0.150 0.374 0.013
Citrus, other   0.002 0.185 0.438 0.000
Dates   0.001 0.075 2.024 0.000
Grapefruits and products   0.017 0.210 1.210 0.008
Grapes and products   0.085 0.120 0.478 0.010
Lemons, limes, & products   0.091 0.210 0.517 0.020
Oranges, tangerines, mandarins, & products   0.231 0.185 0.347 0.030
Pineapples and products   0.061 0.165 0.914 0.018
Fruits, other   0.222 0.196 0.652 0.057
TOTAL 2 1.000    0.165
  1. aThis is an average of the GHGE in various fruit commodities, weighted by the apparent US consumption proportion of each commodity, which was calculated from FAO food balance sheet data. For each row, columns 3–5 are multiplied by each other and by the total recommendation for fruit (2 cups/d) to arrive at the contribution of that commodity to the total GHGE. All rows in the final column are summed to arrive at the overall total of GHGE for the fruit recommendation
  2. bFrom US Dietary Guidelines for Americans for a 2000 kcal diet
  3. cAuthors’ calculations from FAO food balance sheet data [46]
  4. dFrom various sources [45, 48,49,50]
  5. eFrom dataFIELD [45]