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“It’s a huge challenge,” Coller said when FAO’s Zitouni Ould-Dada announced the plan last year, “and investors will be looking for the roadmap to include clear guidance on methane emission limits, halting deforestation, scaling up alternative protein production, and support to ensure a just transition for farmers.”
As Fox News reports, he recently called out leading meat and dairy companies for their “failure … to reduce emissions,” saying it “underlines the urgent need for more policy focus on the food and agriculture sector.”
“Food system emissions deserve a place at the top of the table, alongside energy and transport, as they represent an estimated third of greenhouse gas emissions and 40% of methane,” he added. “Investors hope the first-ever publication of a food and agriculture road map at COP28 this month will catalyze the transition to 1.5 degrees and a more sustainable food system.”
A March 2021 study published on Nature Food found that growing, processing, and packaging the world’s food, as well as disposing of waste it generates, accounts for 34 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, releasing around 18 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year.
As a result, the UN and other intergovernmental bodies have been on a crusade as of late to reduce meat consumption in favor of alternatives that they charge will bring less harm to the environment.
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