Food Not Served At COP26
The food industry will be almost completely ignored at COP26, billed as the world’s most important ever climate summit. The UN Climate Change Conference of Parties, its official title, takes place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021.
Despite the generally accepted calculation that the production of food contributes 34% to global warming, it does not feature in a single item during 12 days of public events.
While sustainable farming is set to be discussed by politicians on an official level, there is concern that even that agenda is controlled by those principally concerned with protecting commercial interests.
The Vegan Society has tried to bring food to the table and says: “It seems ludicrous that animal agriculture, such a large contributor to global carbon emissions, is omitted from the discussions. Despite daily topics such as finance, energy, transport and nature, there is no space to discuss food and agriculture at COP26.”
As a result, many environmentalists’ fear that fellow activist Greta Thunberg’s ‘blah blah’ dismissal of the likely outcomes from these crucial talks may well come to pass. Instead of commitments to bring about real change, they believe, a large amount of hot air will be generated.
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