Government policies are not doing enough to support the transition to a lower-carbon foods sector, according to a report by the Changing Markets Foundation. Specifically, the report argues in favour of policies to shift the food system away from animal agriculture and towards plant-based foods.
The report’s recommendations include:
- Putting in place climate targets that drive emission reductions in animal agriculture in line with Paris agreement
- Introducing fiscal policies to reduce meat demand and consumption
- Implementing dietary guidelines that encourage a shift to healthier diets including the reduction of animal products
- Shifting subsidies away from intensive animal farms and addressing the negative externalities of animal agriculture
- Incentivising the production of protein crops, such as pulses, for human consumption, and
- Funding more research and development of plant-based and other meat alternatives, such as lab-grown meat.
Read the full report, “Growing the Good: The Case for Low-Carbon Transition in the Food Sector”, here. See also the Foodsource chapter How can we reduce food-related greenhouse gas emissions?