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The core findings are crystal clear: Climate change is threatening the world's food supply, even as the way we produce food fuels global warming.With 2 billion more mouths to feed by midcentury, it cannot simply be scaled up without pushing Earth's thermometer deep into the red zone, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change "special report".This may sound like a ringing endorsement of vegetarianism, but it doesn't necessarily mean the world must, or should, eschew meat altogether, the IPCC said.Another compelling reason not to espouse a purely plant-based diet is that billions of poor people around the world depend on fish, and to a lesser extent meat, for protein and nutrients that may not be readily available elsewhere.That diet, The Lancet study found, could feed a world of 10 billion people in 2050 -- but only barely.Globally, consumption of all four major meats -- beef, pork, chicken and lamb -- are projected to rise slightly over the next five years, according to industry analysts.
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