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FAO warns about climate impact of food distribution

FAO warns about climate impact of food distribution

Rome, Nov 8 (Prensa Latina) Food supply chain aims to surpass agriculture as major factor in the generation of greenhouse gas emissions in the agri-food system of many countries, FAO said on Monday.
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According to a statement from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), it was commented the conclusions of the research coordinated by FAO´s Senior Statistician Francesco Tubiello.

Among main causes, FAO report cited rapid growth driven by food processing, its packaging, transportation, retail, household consumption, waste disposal and the manufacture of fertilizers.

In this regard, FAO statement read these are factors unrelated to agricultural exploitation activities and changes in land use, and already represent more than half of the carbon dioxide emissions from agri-food systems in advanced regions.

The study is based on a series of recent initiatives to quantify trends related to greenhouse gas emissions in order to ease the implementation of mitigation measures and warn about new policies.


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