Reducing sugar consumption could help fight climate change and promote sustainability, according to a new study. The study from the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ICTA-UAB) revealed the potential for climate and sustainability by reducing sugar consumption. The study found that reducing sugar consumption by redirecting land used for sugar to alternative sources could be extremely beneficial for the environment.

The study, published in the journal Nature Sustainability, highlights how the adaptation of a sugar tax could help the environment and public health as sugar is one of the worst foods to consume.

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The authors looked at three scenarios of how to redirect existing sugar cropland to alternate uses.

  1. The EU reforesting its existing sugar cropland.
  2. The EU switching its sugar beet crops to ethanol production.
  3. The EU exporting its excess sugar production while Brazil switches its sugarcane crops to ethanol production.

The study calculated that emissions could drop 20.9–54.3 MtCO2e per year under the first scenario. They found that these savings would double in the second scenario and quadruple in the third scenario. Therefore, they found that an agreement between the EU and Brazil for the EU to focus on sugar production from sugar beet and Brazil to produce ethanol from sugarcane would be the most beneficial.

Sugar taxation will be the most effective tool for reducing sugar consumption. This will be not only great for the environment but also for public health. Reports have found that processed food and sugar lead to malnutrition and obesity. Check out these recipes to help Curb Your Cravings for Sugar With These Naturally Sweet Foods!

Cory Booker, senator from New Jersey, is challenging Americans to take a sugar-free challenge with him for the next three months.

“We are becoming a poorer nation by paying twice: we pay our tax dollars to make sugary, ultra-processed foods cheaper than healthier options, and then we pay again for the health care costs such foods can cause,” Booker said.

Thousands of people have already signed up for the challenge. Check out Cory Booker’s website to sign up and learn more about the challenge, information, and updates, and share your own story and journey!

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