An environmental study has recommended a reduction in the amount of food which people consume as this assists in guaranteeing the protection of the environment.
Research from two world recognized universities: university of Cambridge and University of Pennsylvania shows that there is likelihood of rise in greenhouse emission by about 80% is the amount of dairy and meat which people consume continues to go up at the same rate. This makes it somehow hard to meet global emission targets.
The study suggests that the amount of emissions can be reduced when two and seven portions of red meat and poultry are eaten every week respectively. This call comes at a time when the number of burger restaurants coming up everyday is on the rise.
The research also shows that people from around the world prefer the American style of meals, therefore increasing the amount of read meat and dairy which they consume everyday.
The report continues to say that as this continues everyday, the amount of arable lad out there will reduce as people will convert it and use for livestock rearing. This will be the trend due to high demand for dairy products and red meat.
What is at fault here is not agricultural practices, but our food choices,” said Bojana Bajzeli, the group’s lead researcher and a lecturer at the University of Cambridge.
He further added that the amount of carbon emissions that get released into the airspace when a lot of fertilizer is used increases the rate at which climate change occurs.
Bojana Bajzelj also reiterates that there are biophysics laws that we cannot evade. As a matter of fact, as little as three percent of green matter that is eaten by livestock gets converted into meat.
This means that a lot of work should be cultivated in order to provide the grass which livestock will be fed on. Without doubt, this leads to deforestation which causes long term adverse effects to the environment.
When the goal of providing human beings with enough meat to feed on is being met, there is no denying that huge damage is done on the environment. These activities, together with deforestation release more greenhouse gases to the environment. Controlling this is necessary for environmental conservation.
“This situation can be improved if people from developing nations are assisted to tilt more of their land using recommended practices. The same can also be achieved if consumers are educated on the importance of not wasting food,” said the report.