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Cool Food Meals are a simple and delicious way to help the planet. By choosing Cool Food Meals you are helping to reduce the effects of climate change and join a growing number of forward-thinking people who are changing the world for the better.

What makes a Cool Food Meal?

What is a Cool Food Meal?

Cool Food Meals have a low carbon footprint, already meeting the level of food-related emissions the World Resources Institute’s research says we need meals to have by 2030. Cool Food Meals are a simple and delicious way for you to help the planet.

Cool Food is run by the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global research non-profit organization that builds solutions to urgent environmental challenges.

How is a Cool Food Meal identified?

Using an ingredients list, WRI calculates a dish’s carbon footprint by analyzing the agricultural supply chain and land used to produce the meal. If the carbon footprint falls below an established per-meal threshold and meets nutritional standards, it is certified as a Cool Food Meal. In the United States, the threshold for breakfasts is 3.59 kg CO2e/portion and for lunches and dinners it is 5.38 kg CO2e/portion. Learn more about the details of our Cool Food Meals identification process in the FAQs or read our technical note here.

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Panera gets the badge!

Panera is a fast-casual restaurant chain with over 2,000 sites across the United States. They are the first company with menu items to receive the Cool Food Meals badge, helping millions of their consumers to take positive action for the climate.

Why this matters

Food production is a significant contributor to climate change, accounting for a quarter of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Some foods generate more greenhouse gas emissions than others. Food that comes from animals make up two-thirds of all agricultural GHG emissions and use more than three-quarters of agricultural land. Plant-based foods generally have a much lower environmental impact.

Enjoying more plant-based foods is an important way to reduce pressure on the climate. Take beef versus beans for example. Producing beef uses 20 times the land and emits 20 times the greenhouse gases as producing beans, per gram of protein.

  • GHG from food production 25% 25%
  • of which that comes from animals 67% 67%