This change in plant-based diets could help the world achieve its goal of limiting global warming from pre-industrial levels to 1.5 degrees Celsius and providing rich nations with a “double climate dividend,” a new study has found.
According to research conducted by the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University (The Netherlands), if 54 high-income countries switch to a more plant-based diet, carbon emissions will be reduced by 100 billion tons – equivalent to a 14-year period. Global agricultural emissions.
The study further states that avoiding animal-based foods could deplete land in areas larger than the entire European Union, as livestock account for about 80 percent of global agricultural land, despite producing less than 20 percent of the world’s caloric supply.
54 High-income nations represent 68 percent of global GDP and 17 percent of the population. These countries, including the United States, France, Australia and Germany, will enjoy more land to receive low-emission “double climate dividends” and carbon offsets as meat and dairy production and consumption are higher.
The study says that in high-income countries, shifting from current diet patterns to healthier alternatives with few or no animal products could simultaneously save farmland for other uses, the study says.
It will also help these nations achieve their carbon dioxide removal (CDR) obligations. However, the study also underlines that high-income nations can enjoy a “double climate dividend” only if the land currently used for livestock farming is used for agriculture.
“While a portion of this land may eventually be used for a variety of development and / or bioenergy, its use for intentional ecosystem restoration એક a ‘natural climate solution’ would represent another additional carbon dividend from dietary change,” the study adds.
Research also points out that animal-based products emit 70 percent of food-system emissions in high-income countries but only 22 percent in low- or middle-income countries.