Shifting away from meat-based diets on a global scale could reduce between 6 and 10% of mortality, even as it also cuts out 29 to 70% of greenhouse gas emissions linked to food by the year 2050, according to a striking new study in PNAS.
The Oxford University researchers used computerized models to examine four different dietary scenarios, for regions of the world and the planet as a whole, out to the year 2050.
“We first want to show, is it actually worth thinking about it,” says Marco Springmann, lead author and a sustainability researcher at Oxford. “And we show, yeah, it’s definitely worth thinking about it, and we hope with those numbers, we encourage more research and action to see how we get there.”
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