Posted: Oct 15, 2020
The World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the certification program to help consumers choose climate-friendly menu items when dining out or ordering in. The Cool Food Meals badge identifies dishes with a lower carbon footprint, in line with what WRI research found was needed within the next 10 years to meet the Paris Agreement on climate change.
“As kids, we were always told to eat our vegetables — and now there’s another reason to do so,” said Andrew Steer, president and chief executive officer of the WRI. “A quarter of greenhouse gas emissions are from agriculture and related deforestation. With the new Cool Food Meals certification, consumers will know if their food choices are helping the climate.”
Panera Bread is the first company with menu items to receive the Cool Food Meals certification. Beginning in mid-October, the company will label Cool Food Meals across its entire digital menu with the badge appearing on its website and mobile app.
Fifty-five percent of the restaurant’s entrees are certified as Cool Food Meals, said Niren Chaudhary, CEO of Panera Bread.
Using a dish’s ingredient list, the WRI calculates its carbon footprint by analyzing the emissions from the agricultural supply chain and the land used to produce the menu item. If a dish’s carbon footprint falls below an established per-meal threshold and meets a nutrition safeguard, it is approved as a Cool Food Meal.
By Sam Danley
Source and complete article by: foodbusinessnews.net
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