Europe’s meat and dairy production must halve by 2050 warn experts.
Our planet is struggling to meet the demands of humans, and farmers are under pressure to produce more and more animal products. In a system that is already unstable, European agriculture is breaching the safe boundary of carbon emissions.
The new study calls for the European commission to urgently set up a formal inquiry mandated to propose measures – including taxes and subsidies – that “discourage livestock products harmful to health, climate or the environment”.
Even though meat provides just 18% of our calorie intake, livestock grazing and food growth, takes up 80% of the planets agriculture, resulting in the worlds largest land foot print. Europeans are already eating far more meat than recommended.