Media, Management and Transformation Centre
Within the field of sustainability as one of the focus areas of MMTC, our colleague Andreas Stephan together with other 6 co-authors (Elin Röös, Georg Carlsson, Ferawati Ferawati, Mohammed Hefni, Pernilla Tidåker and Cornelia Witthöft) has recent published an article at the Cambridge Core Journal in which he explores a scenario where meat consumption in Sweden is reduced by 50% being replaced by domestically grown grain legumes.
"In this paper, we explore a scenario in which meat consumption in Sweden is reduced by 50% and replaced by domestically grown grain legumes. We quantify and discuss the implications for nutritional intake on population level, consequences for agricultural production systems and environmental performance. [...] The transition scenario would increase total area of grain legume cultivation from 2.2% (current level) to 3.2% of Swedish arable land and is considered technically feasible. The climate impact of the average Swedish diet would be reduced by 20% and the land use requirement by 23%. There would be a net surplus of approximately 21,500 ha that could be used for bioenergy production, crop production for export, nature conservation, etc."
The full article can be found at: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/renewable-agriculture-and-food-systems/article/less-meat-more-legumes-prospects-and-challenges-in-the-transition-toward-sustainable-diets-in-sweden/4B3B9B479B1B407B148D60860F77A088