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Boston, MA – Recent research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health indicates a looming protein deficiency crisis by 2050, with populations in 18 countries potentially losing over 5% of their dietary protein due to CO2-driven declines in the nutritional value of staple crops like rice and wheat. An estimated additional 150 million people could face protein deficiency as atmospheric CO2 levels rise. This ground-breaking study, the first to quantify such a risk, underscores the urgency of monitoring nutritional sufficiency and curbing human-caused CO2 emissions.

Estimated Effects of Future Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations on Protein  Intake and the Risk of Protein Deficiency by Country and Region |  Environmental Health Perspectives | Vol. 125, No. 8

Published online in Environmental Health Perspectives on August 2, 2017, the study reveals that 76% of the global population relies primarily on plant-based protein. The researchers combined data from high CO2 exposure experiments on crops with global dietary information, uncovering significant reductions in the protein content of key crops. For instance, rice, wheat, barley, and potatoes showed protein decreases of 7.6%, 7.8%, 14.1%, and 6.4%, respectively. Regions like Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, including India, are particularly vulnerable. In India alone, a 5.3% loss in protein from standard diets could place 53 million additional people at risk.

Carbon Emissions Could Make Crops Less Nutritious—And Lead To Protein  Deficiency, Study Finds


Furthermore, a companion paper in GeoHealth highlights the threat of iron deficiency, with significant reductions in iron content in staple foods also projected due to elevated CO2 levels. Populations at risk include millions of young children and women of childbearing age, particularly in South Asia and North Africa.


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Together with a 2015 study showing the impact of CO2 emissions on zinc deficiency, these findings paint a stark picture of the nutritional challenges posed by rising CO2 levels.

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