The world’s affluent must start eating local food to tackle the climate crisis, new research shows

Globally, food is responsible for about 16 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year – or about 30% of total human-produced carbon emissions. The sources of food emissions include transport, land-use change (such as cutting down trees) and the production process.

36% of food transport emissions were caused by the global freight of fruit and vegetables – almost twice the emissions released during their production. Eating locally is generally taken to mean eating food grown within a 161km radius of one’s home.


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