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Changes in farm and food production can cut greenhouse emissions by a third

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🗞️ Driving the news: The World Bank's new report, "Recipe for a Livable Planet," suggests that implementing affordable and accessible changes in the global agrifood system could cut a third of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, while ensuring food security for a growing population

🔭 The context: The report emphasizes that the agrifood system is a significant, yet underutilized, area for cost-effective climate action
• It offers a variety of strategies for different income-level countries to reduce emissions through sustainable farming and land use, and stresses the importance of international cooperation

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: By restructuring how agrifood systems operate, particularly in middle-income countries, significant reductions in emissions can be achieved
• This includes better soil management, reducing livestock emissions, and minimizing food waste, all contributing to substantial climate benefits

⏭️ What's next: The report calls for an increase in annual investments to $260 billion to halve agrifood emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050
• It suggests reallocating funds from harmful agricultural subsidies towards these investments, to yield extensive economic and environmental returns

💬 One quote: "While the food on your table may taste good, it is also a hefty slice of the climate change emissions pie," stated Axel van Trotsenburg, World Bank Senior Managing Director

📈 One stat: Investing in reducing agrifood emissions could unlock more than $4 trillion in benefits across health, food security, and job quality, while enhancing carbon retention in ecosystems

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