UN proposes lower meat consumption to prevent climate change

Impacts that climate change could have on fertile land and food supplies around the world are a major topic of the scientific report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released on 8 August 2019. The report should provide guidance on protecting valuable soil and tackling global warming, as well as to prevent hunger and economic decline. The report suggests a plant-based diet, which scientists see as major opportunity for mitigation and climate change adaptation, and it also outlines the policy recommendations for governments around the world to reduce meat consumption.

The report was compiled by more than 100 experts, half of which come from developing countries. Their recommendations relate above all to the benefits for climate change and human health, ˝if people, particularly in high-income society would eat less meat and if politics would set the necessary grounds for that˝. Some scientist spoke about the need to reduce the overall consumption, especially meat consumption, because animals, such as cows emit greenhouse gases and occupy land that could be used for growing food and forestation.

A summary report has also been published to inform the upcoming climate talks as the global climate change crisis intensifies.