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Health Impact Of Curbing Meat And Dairy Consumption To Reduce Greenhouse Gases

February 1, 2010: 02:12 AM EST
Reducing the consumption of meat and dairy products – accounting for 40 percent of food-related emissions – to achieve mandated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in the U.K. would create some serious nutrition-related risks, scientists report. Curbing meat consumption, for example, would reduce protein intake to less than recommended levels for the elderly, though it is unclear whether that would be harmful. A drop in zinc intake could impact child growth. And consuming less milk and dairy foods would reduce intake of calcium and other nutrients needed by young children and pregnant women. “Improved advice on alternative dietary sources” and “food fortification” might help meet these challenges, scientists conclude.
D. Joe Millward and Tara Garnett, "Plenary Lecture 3 Food and the planet: nutritional dilemmas of greenhouse gas emission reductions through reduced intakes of meat and dairy foods", Cambridge Journal, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society (2010), February 01, 2010, © The Authors
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