‘Flexitarian’ diets can limit future hazards

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Increased production of fruit and vegetables will be needed if diets change

If the world wants to limit climate change, water scarcity and pollution, then we all need to embrace “flexitarian” diets, say scientists.

This entails feeing principally plant-based foods, and is one of three key steps towards a sustainable future for all in 2050, they say.

Food waste will need to be halved and farming practices will also have to improve, according to the study.

Without action, the impacts of the food system could increase by up to 90%.

Fast on the heels of the landmark report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change( IPCC) comes this new study on how food production and consumption impact major threats to the planet.

Final call to halt ‘climate catastrophe’ Q& A: Climate change – your questions answered Five things we have learned from the IPCC report Media captionDr Marco Springmann tells Today eating one portion of red meat a week could help tackle global warming Image caption Improved farming techniques and reduced utilize of fertiliser will be required Image caption Cutting down on food waste will be key to reducing the environmental impacts of farming

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