The United Nations says that it's time to get serious about changing our diets. In a new high-level report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that plant-based diets are a major opportunity for mitigating climate change. The report includes a policy recommendation to reduce meat consumption.
This is huge.
“It’s really exciting that the IPCC is getting such a strong message across,” says Ruth Richardson, executive director at the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. “We need a radical transformation, not incremental shifts, towards a global land use and food system that serves our climate needs.”
The report was compiled by more than 100 experts, including many from developing countries. The Amazon rainforest, which acts as a huge carbon sink that cools global temperature, is plagued by accelerating deforestation rates. Animal agriculture is to blame, and it's imperative that wealthier countries incentivize plant-based diets.
"By 2050, dietary changes could free millions of square kilometers of land, and reduce global CO2 emissions by up to eight billion tonnes per year."
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