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The case for low-carbon transition in the food sector

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?

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