University of Oxford says we need change what we eat : We must change what we eat to resolve the climate crisis, say researchers coming from an international team headed up by the University of Oxford.
The outcome of the most recent study advise that even if global fossil fuel emissions were stopped with sudden effect, emissions coming from food production & waste alone could push global temperature increases beyond 1.5°C and make the goals put forth in the Paris Agreement to be missed.
The study suggests the human race needs to switch what it eats, lower the amount it consumes, tackle waste & generate food more sustainably – it says that the main way emissions can be reduced from food systems is by veering away from meat and adopting plant-based diets adding that animal agriculture is basically highly emissions-intensive.
The research forecasts emissions coming from food systems will be above the 1.5°C target in between 30 & 45 years if contemporary trends and behaviours persist, eventually exceeding the 2°C target by 90 years time – this is despite if all other sources of greenhouse gas emissions are stopped immediately.
Even if other sources of greenhouse gases are phased out on a timeline to achieve net zero by 2050, the 1.5°C goal may be surpassed in as early as a decade.
Dr Michael Clark from the Oxford Martin School and Nuffield Department of Population Health guided the study – he stated: “Discussions on mitigating climate change typically focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels, for instance, from transportation or energy production. However, our research emphasises the importance of reducing emissions from the global food system.
“The good news is, there are many achievable ways rapidly to reduce food emissions if they are acted on quickly. These include both raising crop yields and reducing food loss and waste, but the most important is for individuals to shift towards predominantly plant-based diets.”
The researchers also focus on that shifting to vegan or vegetarian diets would also lower water pollution, increase biodiversity & better human health.
University of Oxford says we need change what we eat