Yes indeed. The Swedes are labeling some food items with the amount (estimated) of greenhouse-gas emissions the production of the food puts into the atmosphere! If this experiment is effective, they estimate the country’s emissions could be reduced by 20-50 percent.
One Swedish burger chain, Max, offers beef alternatives and
signed on enthusiastically to the new recommendations. It became the
first restaurant chain to publish carbon footprints of menu items to
encourage people to eat less beef.
Determining food’s carbon footprint is difficult and nuanced. Complex production lines make it difficult to track the carbon footprint of an individual product, and consumer suggestions are not as simple as “eat less meat.” For example, the guidelines discourage Swedes from eating cucumbers and tomatoes because in Sweden they can only be grown in energy-consuming greenhouses.