10% switch to plant-based food save tonnes of CO2: If 10% of the global animal market was switched to plant-based food products, carbon dioxide emissions, equal to 2.7 billion trees could be saved. This is equivalent to a region larger than the size of Germany.
This is according to a new study by food technology company Blue Horizon Corporation and PwC, which advises a 10% shift of the global animal market could prevent about 176 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, free 38 million hectares of land & save 8.6 billion cubic metres of water every year.
The discoveries of the report also point out global meat consumption, which accounts for at least 1.7 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions, reached 385 million tonnes in 2018.
That also translates to nearly 87 billion cubic metres of water demand & almost 380 million hectares of land occupied.
The study discovered the environmental impact of alternative proteins is 15 times lower than traditionally farmed beef. This also means the average environmental impact per kilogram for beef mince is $7.26 (£5.5), compared to just $0.48 (£0.37) per kilogram of plant-based alternatives.
The study also points out , globally nearly 38% of habitable land is used for industrial animal agriculture, equivalent in size to the US, Russia, China and India linked together.
Björn Witte, Chief Executive Officer of Blue Horizon, stated: “This work is an important step in helping people to understand how the decisions we make about our protein consumption impact our environment.”
10% switch to plant-based food save tonnes of CO2