The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has called for the global adoption of sustainable food systems in a post-pandemic Covid-19 world.
On Tuesday, Inger Andersen, executive director of UNEP, said the disruption created by the pandemic has offered a chance to radically rethink the way food is produced and consumed, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
“The pandemic has exposed the fragility of our food supply systems, from complex value chains to impacts on our ecosystems,” Anderson said at the virtual launch of a report on improved food systems co-authored by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) International.
But it has also shown that businesses and people are ready to build back better. “
Anderson called for a shift in consumption by halving food waste and catalyzing a shift to more plant-rich diets as a powerful climate change mitigation tool to harness.
Marco Lambertini, CEO of WWF-International, urged governments to include climate and nature-positive food systems approaches in revised and more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
He observed that failure to make ambitious and time-bound measurable commitments ignores one of the main drivers of the current climate crisis.
According to Lambertini, without action on how food is produced and consumed, the world cannot meet climate or biodiversity goals, which are the foundation for achieving food security, preventing the emergence of disease and ultimately meeting goals. sustainable development (SDGs).
The report says that better climate action on food systems can reduce the global emissions needed by 20% by 2050.
He added that actions on diets, food losses and food waste in national climate plans could reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by an additional 12.5 Gt CO2e per year.
The report found that countries are missing out on important opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and identifies 16 ways that policymakers could take more action, from farm to fork.
He called on countries to adopt healthier and more sustainable diets with a higher proportion of plant-based foods than foods of animal origin to avoid emissions.
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