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The United Nations wants the US to eat less meat — try telling that to Congress

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By illuminem briefings 🌎

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🗞️ Driving the news: At the close of COP28 in Dubai, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report urging countries like the United States to reduce meat consumption to address climate change
The report contrasts sharply with the U.S. Farm Bill's support for high-emission meat production through subsidies, highlighting a significant policy disconnect

🔭 The context: Factory farming in the U.S. is a major source of greenhouse gases, surpassing even the transportation sector in emissions
The FAO's recommendations aim to mitigate these emissions by transforming agricultural practices, yet the Farm Bill continues to support environmentally damaging livestock farming

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The environmental impact of factory farming extends beyond greenhouse gas emissions, including deforestation, biodiversity loss, and pollution
Addressing these issues by rethinking meat consumption and agricultural subsidies aligns with global sustainability goals and is crucial for combating climate change

⏭️ What's next: The U.S. faces pressure to align its agricultural policies with climate goals, especially as Farm Bill negotiations stall
Advocacy for policy reform is growing, calling for a shift towards sustainable agriculture that supports a more eco-conscious and equitable food system

💬 One quote: "Even if the energy sector immediately became climate-neutral, we still would not be able to achieve the reductions necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change without reducing meat and dairy consumption," (a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack by over 250 organizations and experts)

📈 One stat: Animal agriculture emissions in the U.S. exceed those from the entire transportation sector, underlining the significant impact of livestock farming on climate change

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