Ecological Impact of Pizza

Is it really that easily made?

Ingredients and Quantities

The ingredients of a Ham & Pineapple pizza are fairly straight forward. This recipe is for 3 FAMILY sized pizzas. You will need:

- Pizza dough (375mL warm water, 2 tsp dried yeast, a pinch of caster sugar, 600g plain flour, 1 tsp salt, 60mL olive oil)

- Topping (¾ cup tomato paste, 450g sliced ham, 1350g canned pineapples, 2 cups grated cheese)

The Results:

Incredibly, making 3 family sized Ham & Pineapple pizzas takes up 740.48 sq. metres in Ecological Impact. Not surprisingly, cheese has the highest Ecological Impact. What is interesting, though, is the fact that it has close results in terms of grams, to other ingredients. The reason for that is because dairy products are so heavily processed that they skyrocket against other ingredients in Ecological Impact. Not only because of the heavy processing, but also because of the amounts of methane and other gases that are produced from cows.

The Ecological Impact of these pizzas can be reduced. Cheese is a hard ingredient to replace, because of it's unique flavour. Assuming the pizzas are homemade, the pineapple could be taken from an actual pineapple, rather than its canned version. It may not reduce a lot of emissions, but something is better than nothing. Just basic substitutions such as that could make a difference.