Report: Better food for world’s poor could hike climate-changing emissions

Thomson Reuters Foundation discusses how better food for world’s poor could hike climate-changing emissions.

To feed their people a healthy diet, countries from Ethiopia to India may need to hike their climate-changing emissions – a shift only possible if richer nations simultaneously curb theirs, a United Nations flagship report on hunger said Monday.

Increasing emissions to provide poor children, in particular, with more protein or dairy products – “outweighs the negative effects deriving from higher national emissions” in those countries, the report said.

But Brent Loken, lead author of an upcoming report on the G20’s role in transforming the food system, said overall global emissions cannot increase as diets improve in poorer countries.

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