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Implications of global trends in eating habits for climate change, health and natural resources
24/08/2009
This project for the European Parliament provided a global analysis of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of different patterns of food consumption. The project specifically examined the impacts arising from the consumption of animal derived products vis-à-vis plant derived products. Demand for animal products was simulated for three scenarios: (1) current consumption levels, with the slow spread of Western eating habits to the rest of the world; (2) consumption at the minimum amount required per person; and, (3) no meat consumption. The effect on consumption under these three scenarios was then quantified in terms of environmental impact (for example, change in greenhouse gas emissions) and socio-economic impact (for example, the change in the probability of heart disease). The results of the analysis are available for policy makers to use in considered future policy options at the EU level.

2432 final report.pdf