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Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report

 

Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report

To feed a growing global population and curtail climate change, scientists say we need to radically change our food systems.

BY SARAH GIBBENS

PUBLISHED JANUARY 16, 2019

THERE’S AN ENTIRE industry built around dieting. Most of its products are intended to help people lose weight, gain muscle, or live longer.

But as the global human population steadily climbs, scientists are scrambling to devise a diet plan that can feed 10 billion people by 2050.

A new report, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, claims to do just that. It recommends a largely plant-based diet, with small, occasional allowances for meat, dairy, and sugar. The report was compiled by a group of 30 scientists from around the world who study nutrition or food policy. For three years, they deliberated with the intent of creating recommendations that could be adopted by governments to meet the challenge of feeding a growing world population.

“Even small increases in the consumption of red meat or dairy foods would make this goal difficult or impossible to achieve,” a summary of the report states.

The report’s authors reached their conclusions by weighing different side-effects of food production. They included greenhouse gases, water and crop use, nitrogen or phosphorous from fertilizers, and the potential for biodiversity to take a hit should a region be converted into farmland. By managing all these factors, the report’s authors say climate change-inducing gases could be reduced and enough land could be reserved to feed the world’s growing population.

Under the report’s conclusions, meat and sugar consumption around the world should drop by 50 percent. Who eats less meat and where will vary, says Jessica Fanzo, a report author and professor of food policy and ethics at Johns Hopkins University. Meat consumption in the U.S., for instance, would have to go down and be replaced by fruits and vegetables. But other countries already facing poor nutrition could incorporate meat into roughly three percent of their diet.

Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report.

“We’ll be in dire straits,” if no action is taken, says Fanzo.

Following a vegan trend

Recommendations to scale back meat consumption aren’t new. Just this past October, a study published in the journal Nature set similar guidelines for reducing meat and sugar consumption.

What’s different about this new report, says Fanzo, are the steps outlined to put such a change into place.

Branded what the authors call a “Great Food Transformation,” it outlines strategies that range from the least active, simply sharing information, to the most aggressive, eliminating consumer choice…

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Turnaround of the Year: Danone | Food Dive

DIVE AWARDS

Turnaround of the Year: Danone

AUTHOR Lillianna Byington@lil_byington

PUBLISHED Dec. 3, 2018

Most recent earnings: Q3 sales reached $7.14 billion

Outlook: If Danone turns to M&A and product innovation in the better-for-you sector, it could see more financial and brand recognition in the coming year.

After years of struggling with yogurt sales and an overly broad portfolio, Danone has overhauled its business to better respond to changing consumer trends — placing it squarely in the middle of the growing demand for plant-based and better-for-you fare.During the last year, Danone has accelerated its organic growth, expanded its portfolio and announced plans to invest in start-up companies that have a healthier focus. These shifts have led to financial and brand growth unmatched by few competitors, earning it the title for turnaround company of the year.

Michael Neuwirth, a spokesman with Danone North America, told Food Dive the company has seen substantial growth in recent years as it has shifted its resources to the better-for-you market — highlighted by the recent acquisition of plant-based foods maker WhiteWave in 2017 for $12.5 billion. Neuwirth, who has been with the company for 20 years, said Danone has narrowed its focus by shedding pasta, beer, cookies and champagne brands…

FINISH READNG: Turnaround of the Year: Danone | Food Dive


 





 

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Labels + Current Diet Categories

Hardly anyone knows what vegan is even today nearly 40 years later. They’ve become familiar with the word, but not the meaning. They don’t get why vegans won’t eat a vegetarian burger made with egg whites, or that fish and chicken are animals. And what’s wrong with cheese? That’s not an animal. Well, real vegans don’t understand why vegetarians won’t eat a burger that contains no animal products. And you have to wonder why a person serving food wouldn’t know where what they serve comes from. Then there’s the added confusion of people calling themselves vegans who eat fish or chicken, or who are strictly animal-free sometimes.

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The Plant-Based Pitfall

The current trend in labeling a manufactured food, that CONTAINS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS (CNAP), is to label it PLANT-BASED rather than VEGAN, or ANIMAL-FREE. Some worry about the negativity associated with animal rights groups, so veer from the usage of the word vegan on their product even though it might be vegan.

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