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Taking a Bite Out of Biodiversity


Friday, March 14, 2014 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Brian Machovina, Florida International University
Although habitat loss is driven by many human activities, one factor dominates: livestock production. Instituting policies and public awareness to reduce meat consumption in developed countries and limit its growth in developing countries is critical for biodiversity conservation. Based on optimal nutritional health, calorie and land requirements of future population diets, we argue for a goal of reducing the contribution of animal products in the human diet to a global average of ~10%. Achieving this goal would improve human health, negate future agricultural expansion, drive strong reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and greatly reduce other environmental impacts related to use of water, fertilizer, fossil fuels and biocides.


Richardson Hall (campus map)
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Forest Ecosyst & Society