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A Call for Impact Investing in a Sustainable Food System at COP27

Last Thursday, Elysabeth Alfano, CEO of VegTech™ Invest and Plant Powered Consulting, gave a press conference titled Impact Investing for a Sustainable Food System at the COP27 summit, alongside Raphael Podselver, Director of UN Affairs for ProVeg International. An invited speaker to the Food4Climate Pavilion, Elysabeth attended the second week of the summit to discuss the role of finance and investing in helping to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. “Public companies and markets, as well as venture start-ups and investors, must step up to the plate for action in developing more sustainable food systems, investment in existing and novel alternative proteins and Plant-based Innovation and immediate work towards supply chain transparency,” Alfano stated. A Boston Consulting Group (BCG) study carried out in …

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The UN Food and Agriculture Organization Assesses Safety and Regulations of Cultivated Meat

The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is now assessing important food safety and regulatory concerns regarding cultivated meat. The organization released several documents discussing food safety aspects of cultivated meat products, including language and terminologies, common production processes, and regulatory frameworks. Labeling and terminology The FAO points out that since cultivated meats represent an emerging commodity, the terminology used to describe its processes and products remain inconsistent. A literature review found the most common terms used by consumers and the industry are  “cell-based,” “cultivated,” and “cultured,” with some studies suggesting “cultivated” as the most appealing term.  Through its report, FAO aims to provide a basis for global policymakers to select consistent language for legislation and communication about cultivated meat. The organization also encourages …

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Oatly at COP27: “The Global Food System Needs Urgent Transformation”

The current Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27) marks, incredibly, the first time ever that the UN climate event has featured pavilions related to the impact of food systems on climate change. The new Food4Climate Pavilion at COP27, organised by ProVeg International together with Oatly and 19 other NGOs/Think Tank Partners and Food Industry Partners from around the world, aims to raise awareness on how the food and agriculture system must change now to effectively tackle the climate crisis. Oatly‘s Cecilia McAleavey, Sustainable Eating and Public Affairs Director and Shaunagh Duncan, Head of Sustainability are in attendance at Cop27, and here offer their commentary on the event and the importance of these conversations. Cecilia McAleavey, Sustainable Eating and Public Affairs Director for Oatly …

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Future Proofing Our Food System, by Katie Briefel

How do we sustainably grow food to meet future demand? This was the key question for policymakers and business leaders at the UN’s Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods event in Dubai last week. With the human population set to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, and precious resources such as water and land dwindling, reshaping the future of our food has never been more important. The meat industry produces 44% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, is a significant driver of deforestation worldwide and produces double the waste created by the entire human population. Despite this, the average per-capita consumption of meat globally is increasing. Is it inevitable that such a system with meat consumption at the forefront will remain the incumbent? Or are we shifting towards …

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres Asked to Go Plant-Based in the Fight Against Climate Change

30 influential NGOs from 15 countries have signed an open letter calling for the UN Secretary-General to adopt a plant-based diet. António Guterres has been urged to gradually adopt a plant-based diet and set an individual example in tackling climate change. “Achieving the Paris climate agreement targets and limiting global warming requires a drastic change in eating habits” The open letter calls on Secretary-General Guterres to recognize the role of food production in fighting climate change, as well as promoting a plant-based diet as one of the most effective ways an individual can reduce their carbon footprint. As a staunch promoter of carbon neutrality in his past mandate, as well as calling the threat of climate change “the battle of his life”, the letter urges …

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UN Reveals 30% of the Entire Planet Supports Plant-Based Diet as a Climate Policy

With 1.2 million respondents in 50 countries covering 56% of the world population, the UN’s People’s Climate Vote is the largest ever survey of public opinion on climate change. The poll revealed that an overall average of 30 % of people in the surveyed 50 countries support the promotion of plant-based diet as a climate policy. The figure is as much as 42% in developing states and 33% in high-income countries.

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UN Report Warns Investors to Prepare for Major Shift to Plant-Based Global Food System

A United Nations backed independent organisation, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), has recently released a report warning investors to prepare for a major shift towards a plantbased food system. The report by the PRI, titled the Inevitable Policy Response, overviews a number of policies that should be put in place imminently to mitigate climate change.

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MAX Burgers Receives UN’s Global Climate Action Award at COP25 in Madrid

Yesterday, family owned company MAX Burgers received one of this year’s UN Global Climate Action Awards. The Swedish burger chain was awarded for their work with climate positive products and was the only European company to be awarded in the category “Climate Neutral Now”.

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Winners of the 2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards Announced

The recipients of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Awards were recently announced, helping to highlight some of the most practical examples of what  people across the globe are doing to combat climate change.
The award-winners range from a tree planting app to Sweden’s Max Burgers and its “climate positive” burger.

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UN Climate Report: Change to Vegan Diet Could Free Millions of Kilometres of Forest & Reduce CO2 Emissions by Eight Billion Tonnes a Year

Today an official summary of the latest UN report has been released, as a means to inform the upcoming climate negotiations and advise about the global climate crisis. It says that by 2050, dietary changes could free millions of square kilometres of land, and reduce global CO2 emissions by up to eight billion tonnes per year.

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UN Says Future is Bleak Unless We Change Food Production, Plantbased Diet is Our Opportunity

A leaked report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body responsible for assessing climate change, warns that urgent changes must be made to the way in which we approach agriculture and utilise land, suggesting veganism as a possible solution in terms of greenhouse gases, otherwise dire consequences will be seen imminently.

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Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods Awarded UN’s Champions of the Earth Award

On the 26th September, The UN announced the winners of their Champions of the Earth Awards, which is their highest environmental honor, presented to six outstanding environmental changemakers whose achievements are recognised in categories including Policy Leadership, Entrepreneurial Vision, Science and Innovation, Inspiration and Action, and Lifetime Achievement.

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