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Food matters: Why climate change may hinge on what we eat and how we grow it

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To stop climate and build a sustainable future, food matters – a lot! What we eat and how we grow it is responsible for around 20–35% of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. 

In this presentation, Project Drawdown executive director Jonathan Foley shares a new framework for addressing climate change from food, agriculture, and land use. In addition, he offers a glimpse into a Project Drawdown initiative launching this year that will bring sharper focus to solutions in this space.

Top Takeaways:

  • Agriculture has a massive impact on land use, water quality, biodiversity, and climate.
  • Using available technology and practices, we can meet everyone’s need for food while reducing adverse environmental impacts.
  • Top food system changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve human and ecosystem health include curbing demand, protecting ecosystems, shifting to low-emissions farming, and cleaning up the larger food system.
  • Top food system changes to remove carbon from the atmosphere include restoring ecosystems and adopting regenerative practices.
food system emissions and carbon removal
  •  Together these changes create a win-win-win forclimate, biodiversity, and human well-being.
  • Good news! Delineating and disseminating concrete advice on adopting these solutions will be a primary focus for Project Drawdown in the months ahead.

“We have an abundance of tools and practices that … together can make a better food system not just for the environment, but for all of us.”

Jonathan Foley

Useful Links:

How Food and Farming Will Determine the Fate of Planet Earth

The Drawdown Roadmap

Drawdown Solutions Library

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