Davos Speaker Calls for Total End to Meat-Eating for 1 Billion People

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A speaker at the World Economic Forum called for “one billion” people to “stop eating meat” Wednesday, saying it would have a “big impact” on the “current food system” and help reduce carbon emissions.

“If a billion people stop eating meat, I tell you, it has a big impact. Not only does it have a big impact on the current food system, but it will also inspire innovation of food systems,” Jim Hagemann Snabe, chairman of the Germany-based conglomerate Siemens AG, said during a panel called “Mobilizing for Climate.”

The WEF’s conference in Davos, Switzerland, attended by many world leaders and top business executives, started Monday and runs through Friday.

A study by the Food and Agriculture Organization said that 14.5 percent of “greenhouse gas emissions” came from raising livestock.

Two professors from Indiana University called for an increase in the use of insect protein for human and animal diets in an Op-Ed published by the WEF in February.

The Netherlands announced it would seize 3,000 farms and shut them down to reduce nitrogen emissions by 50 percent by 2030 in November following months of protests by Dutch farmers.

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