UN Food Summit focuses on reducing the corporate control over food to increase sustainability

Scientists from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have deduced that land used for poultry and cattle farming is responsible for a quarter of all global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Corporate food giants like Tysons, JBS, Cargill, AMD and CP and others operate an industrial food system that uses up more and more land to raise chickens, cows, and pigs, and cultivate the maize and soya as fodder in a cluttered and non-sustainable way.


Livestock alone accounts for 14.5 % of all global GHG emissions, as per the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) data. Besides, industrial farming releases about half of global methane. This year on 21st September, the UN held the UN Food Systems Summit (UNFSS). It was initiated in 2019, as an ambitious attempt to address the role of food production and consumption in the climate crisis and reach the UN’s SDG to “feed the world.”

UNFSS’s “sustainable livestock cluster” advocates for curbing technical fixes like genetically modified ‘ethiochicken’ to produce more eggs or ‘precision livestock farming’ to use big data to track herds in pastures and feeding grounds. This attempt is still lacking shape and form to make corporate food industries use methods that are better for the planet.

Keywords: sustainability, livestock and farming. Net-zero

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