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STUDY: Replacing Just 10% of Animal Ag With Plant-Based Would Save Land Equivalent to Size of Germany

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If 10% of the global animal market was replaced by plant-based products, by 2030 we could save 2.7 billion trees, and enough water for everyone in the state of New York for 5 years.

VEGCONOMIST: A study commissioned by Blue Horizon with PWC reveals that if 10% of the global animal market was replaced by plant-based products, by 2030 we could save CO2 emissions equivalent to 2.7 billion trees – an area of land bigger than Germany, and enough water for everyone in the state of New York for five years. The environmental footprint of beef mince production is most striking: the impact of alternative protein is 15x lower than conventionally farmed beef…

The environmental footprint of plant-based alternatives has proved to be significantly lower than their animal counterparts. The strongest gap can be observed for beef mince. Here the impact of alternative protein is 15x lower than conventionally farmed beef, followed by chicken, with a 5.5x higher impact, and pork at 3.4. Even for egg, the animal-based product with the lowest environmental footprint, the impact of the alternative is more than 3x lower than conventionally farmed egg…

The study finds that by 2030, with a 10% switch to plant-based alternatives, 176 million CO2 emissions could be avoided, 38 million hectares of land could be freed and 8.6 billion m3 water saved per year. In other words: If 10% of the global animal market was replaced by alternative plant-based products, by 2030 we could expect to save CO2 emissions equivalent to 2.7 billion trees, an area of land bigger than Germany, and enough water for everyone in the state of New York for five years…

The comprehensive study by Blue Horizon Corporation, with the support of PWC, shows for the first time the ecological impacts in a consistent framework across different meat categories and geographies. Also, it includes the monetisation of environmental costs to show the scale of impact and enable impacts to be compared and consolidated. The analysis illustrates that plant-based alternative protein sources have a much lower environmental impact.  SOURCE…

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