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Food accounts for more than a third of greenhouse gas emissions

2021-09-14T17:32:01.553Z

DECRYPTION - Agriculture faces a double challenge: adapting to global warming, while limiting its impact on the climate.



In 2050, nearly 10 billion human beings will populate the planet.

To feed them, the UN estimates that by then it would be necessary to increase agricultural production by around 70% compared to 2009. Meeting these needs while fighting against global warming is a major challenge for the years to come. : the food system is the source of more than 30% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and nearly 80% of global deforestation is, for example, caused by agriculture.

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While three UN agencies are calling on Tuesday to

“reorient”

public support for agriculture, nearly 90% of which has

“harmful”

environmental and social

effects

, a study published in the journal

Nature Food

provides a detailed inventory of gas emissions. greenhouse effect (carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide) linked to agricultural production.

Its authors estimate that 57% of food-related emissions come from the production of original foods.

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Source: lefigaro

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