UK could slow climate clock by converting animal farmland to forest and still grow enough protein, Harvard research shows

Posted on the 12th April 2019

New research from Harvard University demonstrates that the UK would be able to sustain itself and help meet the Paris Agreement by returning a portion of the land used for animal agriculture back to forest. 

Converting land used for grazing and growing animal feed crops back to forest could soak up to 12 years’ carbon emissions, says the report.

Returning pasture land back to forest and converting the areas used for growing animal feed to growing health-promoting crops for human consumption could help solve the climate crisis and provide enough protein for the British population.

“It’s essential for the UK to have a Paris-compliant food system and right now it’s far from that.

“Our research shows for the first time that it’s possible – and could deliver multiple benefits to the UK population, including more provisions of healthy food, and more forest areas for recreation.

“The new habitats would also create opportunities to tackle the wildlife crisis by reintroducing wildlife, such as beavers, turtle doves and lynx – which is also great news for a nation of animal lovers.” – Dr Helen Harwatt, lead researcher, Harvard University

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