Global Vegan Diet Can Stop Climate Change, Says New Report

Global Vegan Diet Can Stop Climate Change, Says New Report

Global Vegan Diet Can Stop Climate Change, Says New Report

According to the Guardian, a leaked draft of the report - which is now being debated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva - outlines the importance of a change in food production and land use in battling the climate crisis.

The paper went on to note that more than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, "which makes it imperative that all countries commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late".

With the help of our scientists, I will ensure the issues in this report that are within the scope of the Convention are presented to ministers for strong and decisive action when they meet at the world's largest intergovernmental forum where decisions on land use and management are made, the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD, taking place in New Delhi, India, from 2 to 13 September.

"When cattle graze on grass pastures, they are actually improving the grass and what they're grazing on", she said. The animals also belch huge amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The scientists warn that this clearly increases the risk of more droughts, forest fires, thawing permafrost and food insecurity.

Women, elderly people and the poorest will be particularly vulnerable, the IPCC warned, as they are the most likely to rely on smallholder farms and have fewer means to adapt farming practices. So it's a big problem. At the same time, women hold important knowledge about how to produce food in very adverse conditions.

"This is an alarming report on how the systematic degradation of soils, cutting of forests, desertification, unsustainable agricultural practice, and reduction of biodiversity have turned our land into a major source of carbon".

Hans-Otto Pörtner, who chaired the IPCC working group on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability, commented to Nature magazine: "We don't want to tell people what to eat". The solutions are at hand.

It is insane that malnourishment is a problem even for over-consumers in rich countries, often through lack of fruit and vegetables and over-consumption of meat, while people in poor countries continue to suffer from a lack of available food. In the pessimistic scenario future agriculture, either people suffer because there's not enough food, or the environment suffers as farmers keep clearing more land.

The climate panel also states that the necessary reduction in greenhouse gases can not be achieved by looking only at cars, companies and power plants: the solution will have to come mainly from a global adjustment in diets, which has people eat less meat and more plant-based foods. Land degradation jeopardizes our ability to feed the word, threatens the survival of over a million species, destroys ecosystems and drives resource-related conflicts that demand costly global interventions. The knowledge and technologies to manage our lands sustainably already exist. There are case studies that show they work.

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