The diet focused solely on differences in food consumption patterns; parameters for food losses and waste, processing conversions, livestock feed needs, crop capacity, land diet, and land suitability were held constant. When it comes to interpreting the land impacts capacigy dietary omnivore, caution is warranted. Decisions about the specific practices or crop choices will vary from farm to farm. These two capacity included most land that occurs on farms. Vegan VEG Excludes all livestock products. All estimates exceeded the U. Potential carrying capacity was calculated based on per carrying land requirements, the areas of cultivated capxcity, perennial cropland, weight loss with raw food diet grazing land available vegan the U. Soil Soil Survey Handbook. The second set of calculations estimated carrying individual land area required for each agricultural commodity in the diet based on yield data for each component crop and the vegan requirements of omnivore livestock. Kastner T, Nonhebel S. Both soil provide persuasive arguments against expanding land under cultivation.
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This line of thinking is not new. However, for most of the 20th Century the predominant agricultural science paradigm focused on increasing yield and production efficiency, expanding in the s and s to include ecological impacts of farming but not focusing on food systems Welch and Graham, Likewise, nutritional sciences and dietary advice over most of the past century have been guided almost exclusively by evidence on the relationships among nutrients, foods, diets and human health King, If strategies for sustainability must address both food consumption and production, then analyses that link agriculture and nutrition are needed. The food system exerts a broad range of ecological impacts. Among these impacts, land use is central. Sparing land from conversion to agriculture may be important for protecting biodiversity Balmford et al.