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Study Claims Chocolate Easter Bunnies, Eggs ‘Bad for the Environment’


By Craig Bannister | March 30, 2018 | 3:24 PM EDT

Chocolate bunnies: bad for the environment? (Screenshot)

On Friday, two days before Easter, an academic journal published a study claiming that chocolate Easter bunnies and eggs are harmful to the environment.

The study, published in Food Research International, finds offense in everything about the Easter treats, from the amount of water it takes to produce them to the foil they’re wrapped in. Thus, they’re condemned as “bad for the environment,” The Washington Times reports:

“Researchers at The University of Manchester in England have identified “the carbon footprint of chocolate and its other environmental impacts,” analyzing such factors as ingredients, manufacturing processes, packaging and waste.”

“The researchers also figured it took 1000 liters of water — about 265 gallons — to produce a single chocolate bar, and identify “sharing bags” of chocolate goodies to be the worst for the environment.”

The study singled out the British chocolate industry, which it claims produces about more than two tons of greenhouse gases annually.