Researchers have discovered that eating less meat the world could avoid 5.1 million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, and save up to $1,000 billion of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage, researchers said.
A new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, is the first to estimate both the health and climate change impacts of a global move toward a more plant-based diet.
The research was carried out by a team lead by Marco Springmann from the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food,”Unbalanced diets are responsible for the greatest health burden around the world, and our food system produces more than a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions,” said lead author Marco Springmann.
When it comes to climate change, following dietary recommendations would cut food-related emissions by 29 per cent, adopting vegetarian diets would cut them by 63 per cent and vegan diets by 70 per cent.
Dietary shifts could produce savings of $700 billion to $1,000 billion per year on healthcare, unpaid care and lost working days, while the economic benefit of reduced greenhouse gas emissions could be as much as $570 billion, the study said. VIA – dailymail.co.uk