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Major shift to plant-based food could offset years of CO2 emissions


New research calculated that a global change in food production emphasizng more plant-based protein could free up agricultural land that may be re-dedicated to ecosystems which absorb carbondioxide. The scientists from Oregon State University identified areas where restoring ecosystems and halting ongoing deforestation could have the largest carbon benefits. The greatest potential for forest regrowth, exists in high- and upper-middle income countries, places where a dietary shift to more plantbased foods (nuts, legumes, whole grains) would have relatively minor impacts on food security.

Published in Nature Sustainability


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