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CLIMATE EMERGENCY DECLARATION: We Can No Longer Ignore the Scientific Consensus on Diet And Climate

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The Climate Emergency Declaration is the latest of scientific reports urging an immediate shift to a plant-based diet as a crucial step in avoiding or mitigating the worst impacts of climate change.

ASHLEY CAPPS: ‘In a report released Nov. 5, 11,000 scientists from around the globe signed a Climate Emergency Declaration imploring governments, policymakers and consumers to take serious and urgent action to reduce emissions… The scientists outline “six critical and interrelated steps that governments, businesses, and the rest of humanity can take to lessen the worst effects of climate change,” including:

“Eating mostly plant-based foods while reducing the global consumption of animal products, especially ruminant livestock, can improve human health and significantly lower GHG emissions. Moreover, this will free up croplands for growing much-needed human plant food instead of livestock feed, while releasing some grazing land to support natural climate solutions. Cropping practices such as minimum tillage that increase soil carbon are vitally important. We need to drastically reduce the enormous amount of food waste around the world.”

The Climate Emergency Declaration marks the latest in a seemingly endless stream of scientific studies, reports and campaigns urging an immediate shift to more plant-based diets as a crucial step in avoiding or mitigating the worst impacts of climate change… In a 2018 Oxford University study hailed as “the most comprehensive analysis to date” of the environmental impacts of different forms of farming, the researchers concluded, “Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet”.’  SOURCE…

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