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The Inconvenient Hypocrisy: Climate Conference Features Meat and Emissions Heavy Menu


The meat-laden menu at COP24 is an insult to the work of the conference. Reducing meat consumption is the single biggest food system change that can be made in support of climate.

DEENA SHANKER: ‘The 22,000 delegates attending the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change this week in Katowice, Poland will attempt to hammer out specific rules to hold signatories to emissions-reducing pledges made in Paris two years ago. But three nonprofits are noting that the conference’s menu, which features more meat and dairy than plant-based options, sends an unfortunate if perhaps unintended message from a group whose focus is to slow the Earth’s march toward calamity…

In the span of one week in October, for example, three major climate change reports all called for less meat and dairy heavy diets. At COP24, however, attendees will be offered cheeseburgers, gnocchi with parmesan and Parma ham, and beef with smoked bacon, notes the Center for Biological Diversity, Farm Forward and Brighter Green. In their analysis, the menu from the 12-day conference could emit about the same amount of greenhouse gases as burning 500,000 gallons of gasoline, if all the attendees chose meat-based dishes at the site’s largest food court…

“The menu on offer appears to completely ignore the climate,” said Fabrice DeClerck, Science Director at EAT, in an emailed statement to Bloomberg. Reducing meat consumption, he continued, is “the single biggest food system change that can be made in support of climate.” “The meat-laden menu at COP24 is an insult to the work of the conference,” said Stephanie Feldstein, director of the Population and Sustainability program at the Center for Biological Diversity, in a press release.

“If the world leaders gathering in Poland hope to address the climate crisis, they need to tackle over-consumption of meat and dairy, starting with what’s on their own plates.” The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that 14.5% of global emissions come from livestock alone. Eliminating those emissions would go a long way towards meeting emissions goals, animal welfare and environmental activists argue. Slowly but surely, changes to diet are being seen as an important piece of climate change mitigation plans’. SOURCE…


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