What's on the Table? Mitigating Agricultural Emissions While Achieving Food Security

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January 2018
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Climate Action Tracker, NewClimate Institute, Climate Analytics, Ecofys

This new analysis What's on the Table? Mitigating Agricultural Emissions While Achieving Food Security shows that reducing emissions through changes in farming practices alone will not be enough to limit global warming to 1.5°C, but changing our diets and reducing food waste could make significant additional reductions, which calls for a much more holistic approach.

The analysis derives the following key messages:

  • Mitigating emissions from agriculture is key to achieve deep cuts in emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s long- term goal of “net-zero”
  • Options for emission reductions on the supply side include efficiency improvements, take-up of best practices and innovative approaches in farming
  • Mitigation opportunities on the demand side are equally important—e.g. in transport, storage and consumption of food—and this is where consumer behaviour plays a major role
  • Changes in consumer behaviour, resulting in substantial benefits for public health, hold large potential for deep reductions in agricultural non-CO2 emissions while ensuring the growing demand for food worldwide can be met
Sectors: 
Agriculture