Europeans urged to cut meat consumption by 71% to fight climate change

Read Time:   |  16th March 2020

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Greenpeace is urging Europeans to drastically reduce their meat and dairy consumption by 2030 to help fight climate change.


Environmental campaign group Greenpeace is encouraging Europeans to make drastic cuts to the amount of meat and dairy products they consume in a bid to help alleviate the damaging effect animal agriculture has on the environment.

The organisation is asking Europeans to make necessary changes to their diets and asking them to consume no more than 300g of meat a week in the next three decades to ensure food security and keep global heating below 1.5°C.

In order to keep the Paris Agreement on track, Greenpeace says we must reduce our consumption of meat by 71% to 24kg per person per year by 2030, and then by a further 10% to 16kg per person per year by 2050.

Speaking to Euronews, Sini Eräjää, Agriculture and forest campaigner from the Greenpeace European Unit, said: “Globally to control the current ecological crisis we are facing, we would need to cut by half until 2050.”

“But in Europe, because we consume more globally, we would need to cut more.”

“The [European] Commission wants to talk about ensuring healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable way? Great idea, but that means it’s time to talk about reducing meat,” Eräjää added.

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