How is meat consumption linked to climate change?

This July, scientists from University of Oxford have published a study on the link between meat consumption and climate change.

At the same time, the impact of storms and heat waves has increased the public debate on climate change, with many people looking for solutions for this urgent crisis.

To support media coverage about the topic, we would like to highlight EUFIC’s latest content on plant-based diets and healthy & sustainable lifestyles, including articles and infographics with facts, figures and practical tips.

About the study

The study of Oxford University looked at the environmental impact of different types of diets (vegan, vegetarian, fish-eaters, and meat-eaters) by analysing data from over 55,000 people and information from over 38,000 farms in 119 countries. Results show that reducing the consumption of animal-based foods can help lower the environmental impact of our diets. For example, compared to high meat-eaters, they found that vegans had around 25% of the greenhouse gas emissions and land use, 46% of the water use, 27% of eutrophication, and 34% of the impact on biodiversity.

A summary of EUFIC’s content on plant-based diets

  • Plant-based protein: all you need to know to get enough of it
    You may have heard that plant-based diets fall short on protein, yet you might get surprised at the variety of plant foods that can help you meet your protein needs. If you still turn up your nose at the idea of swapping meat for pulses – or if you’d like to include more plant-based meals in your diet but just don’t know where to start – this article might help you take a step further. It also includes the guide ‚Cooking plant-based: how to get enough protein‘ which gives practical tips on how to prepare different meals with plant-based proteins.
  • 5 trending alternative protein sources to meat in Europe
    Alternative proteins refer to non-traditional high-protein foods. These innovative foods aim to compete with conventional animal products by offering sustainable, nutritious, and tasty protein-rich choices. This articles explains five main protein alternatives trending in Europe: plant-based meat substitutes, lab-grown meat, fermentation products, edible insects and algae.
  • How bad is eating (red) meat for our health and the environment?
    You may have heard a lot of talk about the health and environmental impacts of meat in recent years. This article outlines the nutritional benefits and risks of eating red and processed meat and describes the environmental impact of these foods. You’ll also discover some useful tips to help you succeed if you are thinking of eating less meat, especially the red and processed types.
  • 9 practical tips for a healthy and sustainable diet
    Each of us contributes to the impact that our food system has on the planet. We can all commit to making the world a healthier place to live, through small but achievable changes to our diets.

Quelle: EUFIC