Food systems responsible for ‘one third’ of human-caused emissions

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‘Food systems’ were responsible for 34 per cent of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions in 2015, according to new research.

The study, published in Nature Food, presents EDGAR-FOOD – the first database to break down emissions from each stage of the food chain for every year from 1990 to 2015. The database also unpacks emissions by sector, greenhouse gas and country.

According to the study, 71 per cent of food emissions in 2015 came from agriculture and “associated land use and land-use change activities” (LULUC).

The rest stemmed from retail, transport, consumption, fuel production, waste management, industrial processes and packaging. Read more