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Broken food system 'failing humanity' and accelerating climate change

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A report released today by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)- a consortium of 130 national academies of science and medicine- highlights just how broken our global food system has become. Drastic change is necessary and the IAP is urging climate leaders and policy makers to act when they come together next week
at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.

The r eport outlines opportunities for research and innovation that could help to improve global food security, reduce the burden of over- and under-nutrition, and mitigate climate change.

It is clear, the authors conclude, that business as usual cannot continue.

Our food systems are failing us. Next week at COP24, we need to see leaders take action on climate change and go beyond political statements. It is not only the environment that is at stake, but health, nutrition, trade, jobs and the economy. Agriculture and consumer choices are major factors driving disastrous climate change. We need a robust and ambitious policy response to address the climate impacts of agriculture and consumer choices – and scientists have a major role to play.
InterAcademy Partnership, Press Release 28 November 2018

Author: Jono Drew
Founder, Plant-Based Living Initiative

November 29, 2018

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