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Jakarta Post

Sustainable eating and climate change

  • Nirarta Samadhi and Reidinar Juliane

Jakarta   /   Tue, November 21 2017   /  01:19 am

Three youths from Myanmar were awarded first prize at the United Nations Global Pulse Lab’s Big Ideas competition for climate action this year. They developed an app that enables users to measure methane emissions from the food they eat, including beef, chicken, pork and insects.

What’s striking is the fact that these high schoolers understand the impact of shifting diets from resource-intensive animal proteins such as beef, to environmentally friendly proteins such as insects to mitigate climate change.

In fact, shifting our diets is inevitable. WRI’s study suggested that on average, a person consumed one-third more protein than the daily adult requirement.

The study further suggested that if populations that overconsumed animal proteins reduced their intake, we could spare agricultural land roughly two times the size of India and avoid greenhouse gas emissi...