The agriculture industry is growing very fast, and technology is playing a major role in the development of the agriculture sector. With increased agricultural production, there has been a significant decrease in hunger, but it has also led to increased agricultural emissions and unhealthy diets, which have drastically affected human health. The research, published in the journal Environmental Research Communications, provides a comprehensive assessment of the global climate, food production, air pollution, and consumption. “The shift in global food consumption to healthier diets would result in a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, as well as dietary health benefits,” said Chris Mally, lead author of the study and principal investigator of the Stockholm Environmental Institute (SEI) At York University in the UK.
According to the study, more than 640,000 premature deaths in East Asia and Southeast Asia are related to the consumption of large amounts of red meat. In 2018, an estimated 4.1 million people died from diet-related health hazards, 6 million people were overweight or obese, and 730,000 infant deaths were attributed to malnutrition. A study found that air pollution caused by food production is related to a series of health problems, and an estimated 530,000 people die prematurely every year worldwide. About two-thirds of this is due to ammonia emissions, and the rest is mainly from the incineration of agricultural waste.