Hills Gazette - - SPECIAL REPORT -

“We know the main causes of global warm­ing are the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els for en­ergy, the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els for trans­porta­tion, methane emis­sions from live­stock and the use of chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers,” she said.

“If we want to ad­dress global warm­ing as con­sumers then we have to find al­ter­na­tives, which some peo­ple have done through so­lar or re­new­able en­ergy in their homes, sus­tain­able forms of trans­port and chang­ing their diet.”

Dr Se­queira said while a 100 per cent plant-based diet would re­duce emis­sions, peo­ple could also re­duce their foot­print on the en­vi­ron­ment sim­ply by re­duc­ing the amount of meat and dairy they con­sumed on a daily ba­sis.

“If cit­i­zens are will­ing to change their own diet and do some­thing then that’s great, but we need busi­nesses to fol­low,” she said.

CSIRO prin­ci­pal re­search sci­en­tist Dr Brad Rid­outt doubted a ve­gan world was at­tain­able but said peo­ple could im­prove their health and re­lieve the en­vi­ron­ment by re­duc­ing the amount and types of foods they ate.

He said cut­ting out or lim­it­ing dis­cre­tionary foods such as al­co­hol, cake and pas­try could help.

“Peo­ple are con­sum­ing far too much food and food en­ergy – there is a cor­re­la­tion be­tween how much you eat and emis­sions, as well as food waste,” he said.

He said tra­di­tional di­ets were be­ing re­placed by western di­ets, with over­con­sump­tion of live­stock prod­ucts af­fect­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal sustainability.

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