Lentils can feed the world – and save wildlife too
Wildlife could flourish if humans opted for a better diet. Think of humble, healthy lentils as the green choice.
LONDON, 24 September, 2020 – US scientists have worked out (at last) how to feed nine billion people and save wildlife from extinction, both at the same time – thanks to healthy lentils.
The answer is starkly simple: if humans got their protein from lentils, beans and nuts rather than beef, pork and chicken, they could return colossal tracts of grazing land back to the wilderness.
Nearly 40% of the planet’s land surface is now committed to agriculture. And almost 83% of this proportion is used to graze animals, or grow food for animals.
If it was returned to natural habitat, then humankind might be able to prevent the extinction of perhaps a million species now under imminent threat.
The same transition would dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, help contain climate change, and perhaps even reduce the risks of new pandemics.