calculating the estimated ecological impact

Ingredients for lasagna

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 750g beef mince
  • 2 cans of italian diced tomatoes
  • 125ml dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup of coarsely grated mozzarella
  • mixed salad leaves (to serve)

Ingredients for the cheese sauce (on top of the lasagne)

  • 1litre milk
  • 1 brown onion
  • 8 fresh parsely stalks
  • 8 whole black pepper corns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • butter
  • 1/3 cupplain flour
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan
  • pinch groung nutmeg
  • salt& ground white pepper

Ingredients for lasagna sheets

  • 4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 5 eggs
  • water (as needed)
  • 1 1/2 tbs extra virgin olive oil


Depending on the quantaties of each ingredient for making lasagne, the ecological impact is different. Lasagne has a high ecological impact due to having a large quantity of ingredients to make this meal.

Some ingredients that have a high ecological impact inmaking lasagne is:

Beef, although there wasn't a large amount of beef. The reason being that this ingredient has a high ecological impact is that beef is transported from farms and normally farms are in rural areas away form the city where most people live, so it takes a higher amount of carbon to transport this ingredient. Beef is from cows and cows produce a high amount of methane which also links to the high ecological impact of this ingredient.

The reason being that milk has a high ecological impact is because there is a high amount of milk used in lasagne. Looking at the graphs, the ingredient with the highest ingredient is milk although, it hasn't got the highest ecological impact.

To reduce our carbon footprint and make our country have a lower ecological impact some ingredients we could change in this recipie would be the beef with a whole lot of vegies instead so that people could start eating vegitarian lasagnes which have a lower ecological impact