A publication by Friends of the Earth outlines the contribution that agriculture makes to climate change and how it undermines people’s right to adequate food. The document points to the need to reduce meat production, food waste and high levels of consumption to reduce the environmental impacts of diets. The report is intended to inform negotiators at the United Nations climate talks in Paris 2015 and beyond.
It calls for negotiators to: “Recognise and act on the implications of high carbon diets and future diet predictions for climate change, in particular the role of meat production and high levels of consumption. Related agricultural emissions reductions (such as methane from livestock), nitrous oxide (fertilisers) as well as deforestation feed and pasture) should target avoided emissions associated with these markets. Action must also be taken to raise awareness of the climate impacts of high impact foods such as meat, and to help businesses and people change behaviour. There is also a need to tackle food loss and waste. These demand side measures should be part of national mitigation plans in countries with high levels of consumption.”