The Importance of Reducing Animal Product Consumption and Wasted Food in Mitigating Catastrophic Climate Change
This report, prepared in advance of the United Nations Conference of the Parties 21 (COP21) in Paris, reviews the scientific literature on the roles of reducing animal product consumption and wasted food in meeting climate change mitigation targets.
- If global trends in meat and dairy intake continue, global mean temperature rise will more than likely exceed 2° C, even with dramatic emissions reductions across non‐agricultural sectors.
- Immediate and substantial reductions in wasted food and meat and dairy intake, particularly ruminant meat (e.g., beef and lamb), are imperative to mitigating catastrophic climate change.
- The urgency of these interventions is not represented in negotiations for climate change mitigation.
The Importance of Changing Diets for Climate Mitigation
A View from the COP21 Sidelines
Meat, Paris, and Next Steps
Animal Agriculture Is the Missing Climate Change Link at COP21