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Your burger is heating Earth – Axios

Climate change is ratcheting up pressure to alter how we grow and consume food,

Threat level: Our food chain generates a large chunk of greenhouse gas emissions annually, mainly from animal products, climate scientists point out.

Details: The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says 21%–37% of global GHG emissions may come from food, while a study by Joseph Poore of the University of Oxford points out that food from beef cattle has the largest carbon footprint per typical serving.

  • America alone — with more than 330 million people — may consume over 100 kilograms of meat products per capita in 2021, the OECD estimates.
  • Plus, there’s growing concern that emissions calculations such as these may be vastly underestimated.

Between the lines: While what we eat may affect global warming, climate change itself has an impact on food systems.

  • It can cause droughts or floods and alter the nutrition of particular crops, making for a more unstable food supply that’s vulnerable to price spikes and shortages.

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