California scientists suggest a strategy to ‘eat our way’ out of the climate crisis
Commercializing the production of synthetic dietary fats could relieve pressure on a global agricultural sector that is struggling to decarbonize, a new study has found. The widespread manufacture of farm-free food could yield numerous environmental and societal benefits — enabling people to “eat our way” out of a burgeoning climate crisis, according to the study authors, who published their findings Monday in Nature Sustainability. Some benefits would include reductions in water use and pollution, greater local control over food production and decreases in weather-related shortage risks, per the study. Such a shift could also lessen the need for low-paying and physically taxing labor, while returning farmlands to their natural state and enhancing biodiversity.