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US meat lobby delighted at ‘positive’ prospects for industry after Cop28

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🗞️ Driving the news: Following the Cop28 climate summit, U.S. meat industry lobbyists celebrated what they perceived as a favorable outcome for their sector, expressing optimism for the future despite widespread criticism for not addressing meat and dairy consumption's environmental impact 
• The summit, which had a focus on agriculture, concluded with various commitments but no binding targets on reducing livestock emissions, a major source of methane

🔭 The context: Cop28 was anticipated to significantly address the agricultural sector's impact on climate change, specifically targeting the reduction of ruminant livestock emissions 
• However, the outcomes were seen as positive by meat industry representatives who highlighted agriculture as a solution to the climate crisis, despite the sector being responsible for over 30% of anthropogenic methane emissions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The meat and dairy industries' significant environmental footprint, notably in methane emissions and deforestation, remains a challenge in meeting global climate goals 
• Critics argue that the summit's outcomes failed to confront the necessary reduction in meat consumption, while industry lobbyists successfully promoted their narrative of sustainable nutrition and agricultural efficiency without substantial mitigation commitments

⏭️ What's next: The discourse around agriculture's role in climate change continues to be contentious, with a clear divide between those advocating for a reduction in meat and dairy consumption and industry stakeholders pushing for efficiency and innovation over consumption changes 
• Future international gatherings and policy decisions will likely further address this issue, balancing environmental sustainability with agricultural practices

💬 One quote: "This is the first time I've felt that optimistic after a large international gathering like this one," (Constance Cullman, president of the Animal Feed Industry Association)

📈 One stat: Livestock production needs to decline by 50% in the next six years to align with the Paris agreement's goals, according to a March paper surveyed by environmental and agricultural scientists

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