[5 December/The Guardian]

According to a new report by the World Resources Institute (WRI), people in rich nations will have to make significant cuts to the amount of beef and lamb they eat if the world is to be able to feed 10 billion people.  According to the report, more than 50% more food will be needed by 2050 but greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture will have to fall by two-thirds at the same time. The report recommends that 2 billion people across countries including the US, Russia and Brazil cut their beef and lamb consumption by 40%, limiting it to 1.5 servings a week on average. Tobias Baedeker, of the World Bank, said farmers would require a lot of support to make the changes required but that redirecting the world’s huge subsidies could be a “game-changer”. Subsidies of more than USD590 billion a year are given to farmers in 51 nations, representing two-thirds of global food output, according to the OECD.