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MPs Vow To End Animal Agriculture Ahead Of Global Climate Change Conference, COP26


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A group of UK MPs from cross-parties are calling for an end to animal agriculture ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference aka COP26 next month.

Fourteen politicians signed an early day motion, with a view to encouraging plant-based diets in order to help the environment.

MPs vow to end animal agriculture

Among the MPs calling for change are Caroline Lucas, twice leader of the Green Party, and John McDonnell.

The motion reads: “This House welcomes the Plant-Based Treaty aiming to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis by encouraging a shift to healthier and sustainable plant-based diets, while simultaneously working to reverse the damage to ecosystems and biodiversity.

“And, calls on the government to use COP26 in Glasgow as an opportunity to be a world leader in recognizing the negative impact of industrial animal agriculture on climate change and commit to developing a global strategy to transition towards more sustainable plant-based food systems.”

The proposal supports the Plant-Based Treaty initiative, which aims to combat the climate crisis by making changes to our food system. Launched last month, it’s dubbed to be an extension of the Paris Agreement. 

Labour MP Emma Lewell-Buck said the motion marks a ‘hugely important issue’, whether you’re vegan or not.

‘We cannot allow the planet to heat up above 1.5 Celsius by 2050 and must look how we can achieve net-zero by then’, added Wera Hobhouse.

COP26 urged to go plant-based

It’s not the first time the UK government has been pressed to advocate plant-based diets in light of the climate crisis.

Prime minister Boris Johnson has directly faced calls to make COP26 entirely plant-based. And, celebrities and environmentalists have petitioned president Alok Sharma to ensure no meat or dairy is on offer at the event 

Moreover, many organizations say it provides the ideal opportunity for the country to set a ‘global example’ on saving the planet.

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Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
11 months ago

We need a plant based solution like a hole in the head! More artificial fertiliser, more herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, more crops being grown on unsuitable soils, more soil erosion more nitrate runoff. What we need is massive agricultural reform! We need the wholesale removal industrial agriculture (plant and animal) and a return to traditional methods along Regenerative lines.

If each parcel of land is evaluated for it’s ability to produce food whilst increasing the value of habitat then genuine progress can be made These systems are already in use across the globe and have been shown to be highly effective, no chemicals, increased topsoil, high yields and minimal subsidies. Non fertile areas can be re-wilded under proper management plans (not just planting trees). These politicians need to get their wellies on and get a guided tour of the countryside by a competent Agronomist. It’s not for them to tell people what to eat, their job is to supply healthy food without damage to the Biosphere.

11 months ago
Reply to  Rowland Ross

Rowland, surely you must be aware that massive percentages of land (varying according to geographical region) are used MERELY TO GROW FEEDCROPS for industrial livestock. If we radically reduce the global amount of livestock by shifting more and more toward plant-based diets, then enormous amounts of cropland are freed up to directly feed humans or else converted back to wild status as far as possible.

Rowland Ross
Rowland Ross
11 months ago
Reply to  t.conway1

In a sense I’ve already answered your question, “remove industrial agriculture (plant and animal)”.

Until the industrial revolution we ate what the land could produce, all farming was subsistence farming. Throughout the industrial revolution farming gradually became an industry which supplied the consumer with what they want, this was accelerated by the Haber- Bosch system which eventually freed up arable agricultures dependance on animals on the land. Cheap grains/ soy etc. meant that animals could now be confined and reared in ever greater numbers. No subsistence farmer would ever use fertile land to feed livestock. In todays world if we want more avocados, we produce them, if we want more beef we produce it regardless of the effect on the environment. If we reform agriculture people that like these foods will have to make do with eating them once a week rather than every day. In other words the land now dictates what the population can eat.

65% of the worlds population is fed by small farms.

We have a maximum of 60 harvests left on major croplands, we’re losing 23 hectares of topsoil per minute 24/7

Time is running out!

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