plant-based treaty vegan food The Plant Based Treaty pushes for sustainable food production - Media Credit: Adobe. Do not use without permission.

Introducing The Plant Based Treaty: An Extension Of The Paris Agreement

The Plant Based Treaty aims to tackle the environmental destruction caused by animal agriculture


3 Minutes Read

The climate crisis is accelerating at an unprecedented rate, scientists have warned. Organizations around the world have established initiatives to tackle the environmental emergency. One such effort is the Paris Agreement, which sees nearly 200 countries committing to reduce their emissions.

The Paris Agreement is undoubtedly an important step in reducing humankind’s impact on the planet. One campaign aims to extend the initiative by putting food systems at the forefront of the issue.

Plant Based Treaty

The Plant Based Treaty builds upon the Paris Agreement’s goals by targeting destructive elements within the food system – specifically, animal agriculture. 

The Treaty’s overarching goal is to actively reverse the damage that animal-based food industries have caused. This includes land degradation, deforestation, water and air pollution, biodiversity loss, ocean dead zones, and greenhouse gas emissions.

To do this, the Treaty encourages a shift toward more sustainable systems – ones that focus on plant-based foods. 

The grassroots initiative is the first of its kind.

plant-based vegan food
Adobe. Do not use without permission. Promoting plant-based food is part of the Treaty’s initiative.

Core principles

The Plant Based Treaty has three core principles: relinquish, redirect, and restore.


The relinquishment demand encompasses the need to stop the issue from worsening. This means not building new (and not expanding existing) slaughterhouses or animal farms, including fish farms.

It states that no new forests should be cleared for animal feed production, or animal rearing. Live exports must be banned and importantly, Indigenous peoples’ land, rights, and knowledge should be protected.


This demand works to end the driving forces behind the environmental issue. This includes declaring a climate emergency, as nearly 2,000 local governments in more than 30 countries have done.

Food security, poverty, and hunger should be placed at the forefront of the problem. Government dietary guidelines should be updated to promote wholefood, plant-based diets. 

Taxes on meat should be implemented, with funds being directed to restoring land damaged by animal agriculture.


The restoration principle encourages the planting of native tree species to restore habitats. Similarly, cities should increase their green spaces, including green rooftops and wildlife corridors. 

All existing Marine Protected Areas should be declared no fishing zones, and converted to Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs). New HPMAs should also be designated.

On a community level, governments should work to provide access to healthy food, especially to low-income communities and communities of color.

The Plant Based Treaty launches on August 31, 2021. It will be launched in front of city halls in more than 50 cities around the world. For more information about the launch, see here.

Millions around the world trust Plant Based News for content about navigating our changing planet & our role in it.

Our independent team of journalists and experts are committed to making an impact through a wide range of content—and you can help by supporting our work today.


The Author

Jemima Webber

Jemima is the Head of Editorial of Plant Based News. Aside from writing about climate and animal rights issues, she studies psychology in Newcastle, Australia (where she was born).

More by Jemima Webber iconography/arrow-right


Leave a Comment

Plant Based News Comment Policy

In short:- If you act with maturity and consideration for other users, you should have no problems. Please read our Comment policy before commenting.

Notify of
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
10 months ago

What a load of biased and idealistic rubbish! No understanding of Ecology or Agriculture! Cynical use of the climate crisis to forward their own objectives!

10 months ago

I have been a vegetarian for close to 30 years now and I was troubled by the economic implications of your article.

1. Meat Production will shift to plant based in its own time as commercially viable options come to the marketplace. For example, have you looked at the plant based alternatives for milk in your grocers dairy section? That shift to plant based milk alternatives took 5-8 short years and the invisible hand of our free market economy did the rest. Capitalism is good.

Beyond Burgers and the growing race to cell based meat alternatives is growing every year. Support these industries and your goal of less animal based agriculture, factory farming, will shrink based on supply and demand.

2. Declaring a ‘climate emergency’ is foolish. Why? because the climate has cycled from warming to cooling for millions of years. Now if you really mean ‘man-made climate change’ which I think you do, that in itself has been debunked by scientists all over the planet. The only people promoting man made climate change are the Marxists who really want forced distribution of wealth.

3. Your restore initiatives are all government enforced which is never effective. What kind of racists are you equating low income communities with “communities of color.” I find the wording of this alone patently offensive.

Your program would be more effective trying to outlaw the mile long drift net commercial fishing that literally destroys everything in its path and the tonnage of throw away fish and sea mammals is as disgusting as it is inefficient. Stopping the strip mining of the oceans would be a winning cause people could rally behind no matter what their political stripe is.

Go back to the drawing board on this Marxist PC driven “rubbish” as Rowland said in his post.

Thank you.