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UN Report Advocates Halving Meat and Dairy Consumption

World 20.12.2023
Source: The DairyNews
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A United Nations report highlights the significance of reducing meat and dairy consumption to combat nitrogen pollution in the air, rivers, and soil while addressing climate change.
UN Report Advocates Halving Meat and Dairy Consumption
Nitrogen, when combined with oxygen or hydrogen, becomes a pollutant that harms the environment, endangers wildlife, and poses health risks. The report emphasizes that cutting meat and dairy consumption, along with changes in farming practices and the use of new technology, can help reduce toxic nitrogen leakage. The UN aims to reduce nitrogen waste by 50% by 2030, and researchers suggest collective action across various sectors to achieve this goal.

The report recommends a "demitarian" diet, halving meat and dairy consumption, alongside measures like efficient fertilizer application, reduced food waste, and government policies promoting sustainable food choices. The livestock sector, responsible for 80% of Europe's nitrogen greenhouse gas emissions, particularly benefits from reduced beef consumption, leading to improved land use and habitat restoration.
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