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Cycling success may hold key to land savings

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  • New report indicates that, in developed countries, consumers hold the most power to reduce environmental harm through changing dietary habits.
  • Less developed countries, on the other hand, require an increase in production efficiency to make food production less harmful.
  • Report authors concluded this from applying the “marginal gains” strategy (used by British cycling team) to the latest food & agriculture data from the UN.
  • Small steps, like reducing food waste, changing diets, and improving food production efficiency, could free up to 21% of land currently used for food.
  • Other reports usually suggest huge, impossible-to-implement ideas--instead, a lot of small changes would be more realistic, and still have a significant effect.

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