Food systems responsible for 1/3 of human-caused emissions

Food systems responsible for 1/3 of human-caused emissions

New findings show that more than a third (34%) of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions are generated by food systems. The study is the first to break down emissions from each stage of the food chain for every year from 1990 to 2015, also unpacking emissions by sector, greenhouse gas and country. Findings include the fact that “food miles” contribute less to food emissions than packaging, supporting our view that ‘local’ isn’t always the solution it’s hailed to be, and there’s evidence of the huge impact of deforestation in driving up emissions. Highlighted by the fact that Brazil and Indonesia contribute to just over 16% of the sector’s total emissions between them. This article provides a good summary of some of the findings. 

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