New modelling has been published showing that with a shift toward vegetarianism and lower meat consumption, enough food can be produced to feed the world population until at least 2050 without the need to further clear forests for farmland.
However PICCC Director Professor Richard Eckard warns that many more factors needed to be considered before anyone begins to talk about reducing livestock numbers or increasing cropland.
"The reality of implementing some of these changes is quite limited," said Professor Eckard.
He pointed to the unsuitability of natural grasslands, such as the African Savanna, for cropping and the role livestock plays in providing the energy for farming in much of the developing world as two potentially important considerations not encompassed by the modelling.
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