Pizza is Really Bad for the Environment, Says Science
05 November 2016
If you enjoy the classic neapolitan wood-fired pizza ( or wood-smoked barbecue ), then you should understand that for evey Pizza you eat a bit of you kids health goes right down the toilet.
Science says your favorite foods may be a major cause of environment pollution.
The study, published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, was conducted by 10 air pollution experts from seven universities, and has found that burning wood to cook your pizza is polluting the air we all breathe.
The study was conducted in the fifth largest metropolitan area in the world: Sao Paulo, Brazil, home to 21 million people, 7 million road vehicles and one very dangerous air pollution problem.
the city of over 11 million people produces about one million pizzas per day, adding up to over 307,000 tons of wood burned each year. That much smoke is not without its environmental impact. In fact, the researchers began to hone in on these specific stoves, which can also be found in some steakhouses, after noticing that reducing the amount of traffic emissions wasn’t lowering pollution.
So saving the earth may mean giving up pizza, or barbecue... and meat.
Using wood burning ovens is seen as a trendy and more authentic way to cook the fast food favourite all over the world.
Many restaurants openly display their pizza oven so customers can see the cooking process.
The smoke from the wood goes into the air and undergoes a chemical process to become dangerous 'secondary pollutants' such as ozone and aerosol in already built-up areas.
In 2015 the Italian city of San Vitaliano, just outside of Naples, banned the use of wood-fired stoves in bakeries and eateries including pizzerias unless their owners install special filters to reduce air pollution.
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