According to the British newspaper Daily Mail, this industry requires Vast areas of land are producing massive amounts of greenhouse gases, andAccording to scientists from the University of Edinburgh, the land needed to provide ample supplies is twice the size of the UK.
The industry also produces 106 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, making the dry pet food industry more environmentally harmful than the Philippines.
According to the researchers, writing in Global Environmental Change, the industry is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Pet food produces about nine times as much carbon dioxide as the airline industry.
As part of their study, the team looked at 280 popular pet dry food brands sold in both the United States and Europe, andScientists have focused on dry foods because they are easy to analyze and represent the vast majority 95% of all pet food sales.
The analysis showed that about half of dry food is made from products derived from crops, such as corn, wheat or rice, and according to the current level of dry pet food consumption, it requires It amounts to 49 million hectares of land, which is twice the size of the United Kingdom and represents one percent of the world’s agricultural land.
They are also roughly the same size as Ohio, Mississippi, Louisiana and Pennsylvania combined, and consuming a lot of water is longer. A major concern for the long-term sustainability of this cultivation, WuAccording to the researchers’ analysis, dry pet food needs 11 cubic kilometers of fresh water annually, which is roughly the same amount as the water found in Lake Windermere.
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