Our food system is caught in a vicious cycle: The effects of climate change make it harder to grow food, and food production is a major contributor to the climate crisis. As severe weather events, drought, desertification and other climate-related challenges reduce crop yields, it only gets worse.
That cycle has to be broken, says a special report issued last week by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. To preserve food security and avoid the worst impacts of climate change, we have to transform agriculture, end deforestation, reduce food loss and waste, and eat less meat and dairy.
As individuals we can change our diets to reduce waste and choose more plant-based foods. But to achieve the necessary widespread changes, we must reform food policy, from subsidies to nutritional guidance. The Center will continue to fight to shift diets, increase access to healthier foods, and promote agricultural solutions that protect wildlife and the future of our food.
For the wild,