Ikea is developing a green alternative to its popular Swedish meatballs. The company has become increasingly concerned about its impact on global warming and has decided to change the world one vegetarian meatball at a time.
Ikea sells 150 million meatballs, made from beef and pork, in its cafes each year. The meatballs are the least eco-friendly item on the their menu, due to high carbon dioxide emissions during the farming process and high methane gas emissions from cattle.
The company’s sustainability report states that in 2013, carbon dioxide emissions from the food sold and served in its cafes totaled 600,000 tons.
To put that into perspective, it equals the annual greenhouse gas emission from 126,300 cars, or the carbon emissions of more than 3 million passengers flying from London to Sweden.
“We are aware of the meat issue with greenhouse gases,” Joanna Yarrow, head of sustainability for Ikea in the UK, said. “We are looking at all our food products from a sustainability perspective but specifically meatballs. They are very popular and they are also our most carbon-intensive food item on our menu.”
Speaking at a government event in London following the release of major UN reports that warned of the devastating effects of climate change, Yarrow said the company was looking into tweaking its recipes “to give great taste but also perhaps less of an environmental impact” and was also “working on veg balls.”
Ikea maintained it would “continue to sell the regular meatballs” but confirmed it was planning to “introduce lower carbon alternatives.”
“A chicken meatball and a veggie ball are under development and will complement our meatball offer next year,” a spokesman for the company said.
If you are drooling just thinking about delicious, yet eco-friendly meatballs, try this vegan version.
Source: The Telegraph