Reducing meat consumption by 50% would help achieve climate goals, study finds

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Halving current meat consumption in Europe, to a maximum of 450 grams per week, would make it possible to achieve the climate objectives set for the country, says a study by the Action Climat network and the French Nutrition Society published on Tuesday.

Food represents 22% of Europe’s carbon footprint, and “60% of these emissions come from the production, at the agricultural level, of the food we consume”, recalls the study.

She emphasizes that in Europe, “after two decades of decline between 1990 and 2012, meat consumption per capita has shown a slight increase over the past ten years” and “the quantity of meat consumed per capita in Europe is now twice the world average“.

Chicken consumption per capita in Europe has in fact more than doubled between 2000 and 2022.“, highlights the study.

The Action Climat network, which brings together around thirty associations, and the French Nutrition Society (SFN), which describes itself as a “learned society” bringing together experts from the public and private sectors, have carried out “diet modeling work sustainable” with the MS Nutrition design office.

The results show that it is possible to reduce meat consumption by 50% while satisfying nutritional adequacy and without resorting to enriched products or supplements”, a division by two which “would lead to a reduction in meat consumption. carbon impact of food between -20% and -50% depending on the type of associated dietary changes“, it is indicated.

The study takes as a reference the commitments made by Europe as part of its 2nd Low Carbon Strategy, which aims in particular to reduce greenhouse gases in its agricultural sector by 46% by 2050.

Diets suggested by the study include “more fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grain products than today, with a moderate consumption of eggs and dairy products, and a sharp reduction in fatty, sweet and/or salty products“.

The Climate Action network and the SFN insist on “the need” for the government to “take environmental issues into account“in its dietary recommendations from the National Nutrition and Health Program (PNNS), thus recommending”do not consume more than 450 grams of meat per week“, all meats and cold cuts combined.

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