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The Spanish Dietary Guidelines: A potential tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of current dietary patterns

Abstract: This study assesses the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and the nutritional quality of the current food consumption and losses of an average Spanish citizen, and compares them with two alternative diets: one following the Spanish dietary guidelines (The NAOS Strategy; NAOS), and another one based on the Mediterranean (MED) diet. The diet-related GHG emissions of current eating patterns would be reduced by 17% and 11%, when shifting to the NAOS and MED diets, respectively, and even more (42% and 35%) when diets' nutritional qualities are considered within the functional unit. In addition, food losses contribute 21% to diet's emissions. Our results suggest that national dietary guidelines (NDGs) can be a good policy tool, not only to lead to a healthier condition, but also to promote a shift towards a lower-carbon diets. Finally, it is recommended that life cycle-based indicators are added within the NDGs, to better communicate the environmental impacts of dietary choices, and ultimately enhance knowledge and awareness of consumers.

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 Autoría: Batlle-Bayer L., Bala A., García-Herrero I., Lemaire E., Song G., Aldaco R., Fullana-i-Palmer P.,

 Fuente: Journal of Cleaner Production, 2019, 213, 588-598

Editorial: Elsevier

 Fecha de publicación: 10/03/2019

Nº de páginas: 29

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.215

ISSN: 0959-6526

Proyecto español: CTM2016-76176-C2-1-R

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.12.215

Autores/as

BATLLE BAYER, LAURA

ALBA BALA GALA

Mª ISABEL GARCIA HERRERO

LEMAIRE, ELODIE

SONG, GUOBAO

PERE FULLANA I PALMER