Creating a sustainable and fair global food system that works for animals, people and the planet will require dramatic changes in the way we produce and consume food, particularly in countries with high meat and dairy consumption.
There are three key changes that need to take place to ensure the future of our planet – rethinking the way we produce and consume protein, shifting towards regenerative welfare-friendly farming, and allowing nature to recover in designated areas through rewilding and planting.
We will be unable to avert a climate catastrophe without an urgent and dramatic reduction in meat and dairy consumption. Diets must switch to predominantly plant-based diets where animal-sourced foods are from higher welfare, regenerative systems if we are to meet climate targets. Investment in alternative proteins, that are plant-based, fermented or cultured, will support this.
A shift towards nature-positive farming with animals reared to higher welfare standards is also essential. Working in harmony with nature will support and harness natural processes by producing food whilst also enhancing soil quality and restoring biodiversity. It will also undo some of the damage caused by intensive agriculture through chemical pesticide and synthetic fertiliser use.
Planting and rewilding on less productive land will play an important part in helping to restore our earth and wildlife. Marginal lands can be reforested, and habitats restored through the collective actions of farmers. Moving free-ranging animals around the land in rotation with crop growing will help replenish our depleted soils.
Together, these actions will ensure that we create a healthy, fair, and sustainable food system that’s fit for future generations.