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The impact of eating habits on climate –research project analysing trends and ways to change course in India

This article from Nature Climate Change discusses a research project that investigates the impacts of both traditional and transitioning Indian diets on the climate. Funded by Wellcome Trust, the goal is to obtain a detailed picture of what people are eating throughout India and calculate both the climate and health impacts of different types of diets. 

In the article, project leader Alan Dangour, head of the Nutrition Group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine is quoted: “This is about for the first time going into a poor country and saying: what are the emissions associated with your diets? It is about raising awareness within a massive country like India about its position and dietary footprint. It is about signalling that the transition from a traditional to a much more processed diet has poor consequences for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and health.”


Jeffries, E., 2015, Changing course, Nature Climate Change 5, Feature | News feature 405–407, doi:10.1038/nclimate2630

You can access the article here (note that journal subscription is needed).  For project details on the Wellcome Trust website, see here.

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