Which diet makes best use of farmland? You might be surprised.

April 19, 2017 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Land needed to support different diets

Vegetarian? Omnivore? Vegan? What should we eat if we want to feed a growing population while minimizing the need to farm more land? We know that meat-based meals require more farmland than plant-based ones. But which diet is the best fit for the mix of croplands and grazing land that supports agriculture today? That’s a different question with a potentially different answer, since much of the land we use to produce our food is better suited for grazing livestock than growing crops.

Since production of different types of food requires different types of agricultural land, researchers distinguished among three distinct categories of land: grazing land, cultivated cropland and perennial forage cropland.

A new study published in Elementa explores this perplexing question of the “foodprint” of different diets.

Read Which diet makes best use of farmland? You might be surprised. by Kristen Satre Meyer at Ensia.

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