A policy brief by Brighter Green, Cities Biodiversity Center (CBC) and 13 other organizations was launched on 4 December at the 25th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid. The brief calls on governments and the climate community to acknowledge the food and agriculture sector as a key driver of land-use change and the climate crisis, by taking measures to reduce the sector’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The brief focuses, in particular, on issues of overconsumption and overproduction of animal-based foods, as it claims this topic has been largely absent from international climate negotiations and commitments.

Among other recommendations, the brief advises Governments to take “bold steps” to internalize the costs of livestock production and end incentives for growing feed crops. To read a more extensive summary of the brief, follow the link to the IISD website and to download the brief, click here.