HUNGRY FOR CHANGE —— Are companies driving a sustainable food system?
As the world prepares to convene for the UN Food Systems Summit, COP26, and the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) in the midst of a global pandemic, it is clear that we are on the precipice of change. The food system plays a key role in this, and the next ten years are critical to ensure our capability to meet global goals including the Paris Agreement.
The food system needs transformational changes, tailored to regional contexts, which include:
• Transition to more plant-rich diets that include diversified, alternative protein sources, particularly in regions with
high per capita consumption of meat from ruminant animals including beef,
• Increased agricultural productivity (above historical rates) without expanding the agricultural land footprint,
• Increased adoption of nature-based solutions – agroecological farm management practices such as regenerative and
precision agriculture that supports more efficient use of critical resources and provide ecosystem services,
• Protection and restoration of forests and natural ecosystems, and
• Significant reduction in food loss and waste