Swapping tenth of meat intake for veg could free up land the size of Germany

Swapping tenth of meat intake for veg could free up land the size of Germany

Land and water use play a crucial role in the environmental health of our planet, but are often further down the headlines when compared to carbon emissions or biodiversity. Highlighting the potential of our diets to impact land and water use, a recent study has found that if 10% of the global population switched from eating meat to plant-based alternatives, this would free up 38 million hectares of land, roughly the size of Germany, and save 8.3 billion cubic metres of water annually – on top of emissions reductions of 176 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. With global meat consumption at its highest ever levels and continuing to grow, a 10% reduction in consumption is no easy feat. However expanding our knowledge and understanding of the true costs of our diets, from all aspects, is helpful for shifting populations towards more sustainable diets.

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