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PLANT BASED TREATY: Global campaign launched to switch toward a plant-based economy in combating climate change

AGI KAJA: The campaign for a ‘Plant Based Treaty‘ aims to create bottom-up pressure for leaders to negotiate a global agreement to halt the impact of animal agriculture on the planet... it is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis modelled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty... The campaign will work towards 10 million individuals, 10,000 organisations, 10,000 businesses and 50 cities to endorse the treaty by 2023, ahead of the Global Stocktake of the Paris Agreement (GST). Several high-profile celebrities have given their support…

#EndAgGag: Short film released following recent U.S. court decisions concerning Ag-Gag challenges

ALDF: The Animal Legal Defense Fund released 'The Dangers of Ag-Gag Laws', a short film narrated by actress and star... Edie Falco. The film urges action on Ag-Gag laws, which seek to “gag” would-be whistleblowers and undercover investigators by punishing them for recording footage of what goes on in animal agriculture. The 13-minute film uncovers how Ag-Gag laws flout the First Amendment and conceal pollution, food safety threats, and animal cruelty... Ag-Gag laws attempt to ban, is critical to holding the industry accountable for not only the inhumane treatment of animals, but…

STUDY: Research shows global greenhouse gas emissions mostly from animal-based foods, higher than expected

BEN SCHEFFER: A study released from Nature Food has shown how food production plays a major role in climate change. Global greenhouse gas emissions from animal-based foods are nearly twice the level of emissions from plant-based foods, and global food production is responsible for a third of all the planet-heating gases emitted from humans. Livestock is responsible for 57% of food production emissions, compared to 29% for plant-based foods. Non-food products, like cotton and rubber, account for 14% of agricultural emissions... Beef plays a large role because raising livestock requires a…

COP-OUT: Why Won’t COP26 Take Animal Agriculture Seriously?

KAT SMITH: On November 1, COP26, the United Nations’ annual climate change conference, will kick off in Glasgow. Over the course of 12 days, the conference will unite nations, businesses, and citizens alike to discuss one of the most urgent issues facing the planet: climate change. In 2015 at COP21, the Paris Agreement—a commitment from countries across the globe to take action to limit global warming—was born. As part of the agreement, countries agreed that every five years they would come back with an updated plan reflecting how they will lower their carbon emissions... Commitments have…

REPORT: Twenty meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gas than Germany, Britain or France

SOPHIE KEVANY: Twenty livestock companies are responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than either Germany, Britain or France – and are receiving billions of dollars in financial backing to do so, according to a new report by environmental campaigners. Raising livestock contributes significantly to carbon emissions, with animal agriculture accounting for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Scientific reports have found that rich countries need huge reductions in meat and dairy consumption to tackle the climate emergency. Between 2015 and 2020, global meat and dairy companies…

NET ‘ZERO CRUELTY’: Britain should embrace ‘synthetic meat’ to hit climate targets, report suggests

ROB WAUGH: Britain should embrace synthetic meat in order to hit its ambitious climate targets, a report has suggested. The Social Market Foundation report urges policymakers to invest in the 'alternative protein' sector, where meat is produced using technologies such as "growing" muscle fibre from tissue samples... Other alternative proteins in the report include those derived from plants or from fermentation processes... The report points out that consumers in the UK only eat 6% less meat per capita than in 1974 – despite the growing popularity of vegetable products and diets such as…

Katie Edwards: It is meat eaters – not vegans – who are the preachy ones

KATIE EDWARDS: Like so many others, I dipped my toe in veganism in January – or “Veganuary”... I’ve been vegetarian since I was 14... but I still can’t seem to make the leap to veganism. Like many people, I consider myself an animal lover. I understand that loving animals shouldn’t extend only to standard domestic pets. I’ve always followed the approach that if I can fall in love with something then it can’t be part of my diet... Still, I found my flirtation with veganism very socially awkward. Despite the plethora of plant-based meat alternatives on offer in supermarkets these days, I…

STUDY: One in three ‘Meat Free Monday’ participants turn veggie after five years

MEAT FREE MONDAY: Meat eaters who engage in campaigns such as Meat Free Monday (MFM) over a longer period of time are more likely to change their diet to vegetarian or vegan, according to a new study by Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and MFM published in the journal Appetite. More than 30% of those who engaged with the programme for five years or more stopped eating meat, with a corresponding 20% of those who engaged for three to five years. Meat Free Monday aims to encourage and support people to reduce their meat consumption, initially by having a plant-based day each week, in…

CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE: NGOs call on COP26 to formally acknowledge animal agriculture as major climate change contributor

HSI-UK: More than 50 animal protection, environmental and food justice organisations from around the globe have written to Rt. Hon. Alok Sharma MP, president of the COP26 climate change conference organised by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), calling on the UNFCCC to publicly recognise the catastrophic impact animal agriculture has on the planet at this year’s conference... Eliminating meat and dairy production and consumption is one of the most effective actions we can take to avoid catastrophic climate change... In the animal agriculture industry, more…

DAIRY INTOLERANCE: Animal rights and vegan activists blockade largest dairy factory in UK

NICK HARDINGES: Animal Rebellion protesters have blockaded the largest dairy factory in the UK by locking themselves onto bamboo structures and concrete barricades. Some 50 climate activists who support the animal rights group occupied the Aylesbury distribution centre of Arla Foods early on Tuesday morning... Some 13 of the world's biggest dairy firms contributed more greenhouse gas pollution in 2017 than mining and oil giants BHP and ConocoPhillips... They are calling on the multinational company to switch to plant-based production by 2025 and said they will not move until the firm…