TELL PRESIDENT BIDEN: DIET CHANGE, NOT CLIMATE CHANGE

Dear President Biden and Special Envoy Kerry,

Last year, you stated that “climate change is the number one issue facing humanity,” and we agree wholeheartedly. With the US officially back in the Paris Agreement and a renewed focus on the climate crisis, your leadership is needed more than ever. We urge the Biden administration to prioritize plant-centered agriculture to meet its ambitious climate targets.

The livestock sector already accounts for more than 14% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while the demand for animal protein could increase massively by 2050. Shifting away from resource-intensive, animal-centered diets and towards more plant-rich ones has been identified as one of the most impactful solutions for mitigating climate change, reducing pandemic risks, tackling food waste, and supporting regenerative farming communities. The 2019 Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) insists that reducing the consumption of animal products is key to achieving the Paris Agreement.

Despite this, the newly-released $2 trillion infrastructure proposal includes no support for animal-free food technologies or transitioning farmers from animal to plant-based agriculture. We ask the Biden administration to include plant-based food system targets in all its domestic infrastructure, climate, and agricultural policy proposals in order to set a global example, and to include these targets in all Paris and COP26 discussions, ultimately seeking a 50% reduction in animal production by 2040.

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To: President Joe Biden & Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry

“Combat the climate crisis with a shift to a plant-centered food system”

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