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Can diet change help fighting climate change?

Recent research shows that plant-based protein products, such as lentils, beans, and nuts, provide essential nutrients. Also, the way smaller areas are necessary for its production than the one we need for meat or dairy production. By changing our diet to these foods, we can help fight global warming.

According to a new study published by the Nature Sustainability journal, by including these foods in your daily menu, much bigger parts of the earth could support CO2-consuming ecosystems. In their research, scientists analyzed areas where extensive production of food of animal origin affects vegetation, including forests. According to the study’s authors’ findings, vegetation regrowth could offset 9 to 16 years of global CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels. However, a decrease in demand for meat would be necessary. Changes in the ways food is produced and consumed have a huge potential, and positive impact on emissions, climate change, and food security.

Scientists emphasize that it is worth thinking about changing our eating habits to an earth-friendly diet. They also highlight the fact that the benefits of reducing meat and dairy products extend far beyond the fight against climate change.