Rethinking meat's role in climate and health strategies

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Damian Carrington reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • Academic experts criticize the UN for excluding meat reduction from its climate action plan, highlighting the oversight's potential consequences on climate and health.
  • The report dismisses alternative proteins, ignoring their benefits in reducing environmental impacts compared to traditional livestock.
  • Concerns are raised over the lack of transparency in the FAO's selection process for its recommended actions.

Key quote:

"It's very striking: the FAO doesn’t include one of the clearest interventions that would help meet both environmental and health targets."

— Cleo Verkuijl, Stockholm Environment Institute US

Why this matters:

The livestock sector is estimated to account for about 14.5% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions globally. Reducing meat consumption can lead to lower demand for livestock production, thereby decreasing its environmental footprint and aiding in the fight against climate change.

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