Even a modest shift from ruminant meat to microbial protein can reduce deforestation and carbon emissions by 56 percent by 2050.


May 4, 2022

An employee inspected “meatless chicken pieces” produced by Quorn Foods

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Replacing one-fifth of the world’s meat consumption with factory-free meat-free alternatives would more than halve global deforestation and related carbon emissions, a group of researchers found.

Livestock farms and cow-breeding crops are two of the biggest drivers of deforestation in the tropics, which continues despite political promises to limit the loss of carbon-rich biodiversity.

Microbial proteins, such as Quorn mycoprotein, made from fungi and sugar in heated …


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