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1133: Milk and climate change

This paper is summarised from ‘Nutrient density of beverages in relation to climate impact’ by Annika Smedman and colleagues. It summarises research done in Sweden and published in Food & Nutrition Research, Vol 54.

Year of Publication2010

Replacing animal foods with more plant based foods has been suggested as a way to reduce GHGs. This research showed that GHG emissions from milk production were three times higher than for an oat drink and for a soy drink but because the nutrient density of milk was higher the nutrients provided per unit of emissions was better for milk. Discussion on how changes in food consumption patterns might help avert climate change need to take both GHG emissions and nutrient density of foods and beverages into account.

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