Nitrogen pollution, climate and land use: why what we eat matters

Greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture would be cut by 25-40% if Europeans cut their meat and dairy consumption by half, according to a UN report.

Scientists from the UN Economic Commission for Europe say that as well as cutting air and water pollution, adopting a “demitarian diet” – cutting meat and dairy consumption in half – would lead to a 40% cut in Europeans’ intake of saturated fats.

An account of the findings in The Guardian says the vast majority of saturated fats come from animal products that can lead to cholesterol problems and obesity. Such a cut would bring levels to within a range recommended by the World Health Organisation.

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