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July 16, 2020 - Channel NewsAsia

G20 carbon 'food-print' highest in meat-loving nations: Report

G20 carbon 'food-print' highest in meat-loving nations: Report
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PARIS: If everyone alive ate steaks and dairy the way Brazilians and Americans do, we would need an extra five planets to feed the world, according to the first report to compare the carbon emissions from food consumption in Group of Twenty (G20) nations, released on Thursday (Jul 16).

Among the world's top economies, only the per capita carbon "food-prints" in India and Indonesia are low enough to ensure the Paris climate target of capping global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to the Diet for a Better Future report.

In China, where sustained economic growth has boosted consumption of meat and imported foods, the average diet – on a planetary scale – would exceed the 1.5 degree Celsius threshold by nearly two-fold.

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