Source: European Parliament
The week of 4 November 2019 saw another major alarm call about the perilous state of the planet. The ‘World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency’ (1) carried the message from more than 11 000 scientist signatories from around the world that planet earth is ‘clearly and unequivocally’ facing a climate emergency. Their six calls for urgent action include dietary shift to eating mostly plants and fewer animal products.
A diet rich in plant products and lower in animal products can also help us meet crucial public health goals.
The need to reduce meat consumption in high-consuming populations and to urgently implement genuinely sustainable food systems is now widely accepted. However, in the face of this, the Commission’s own figures from 2018 and 2019 indicate that it has allocated tens of millions of euros to promoting animal products in the EU and in third countries (2) .
Will the Commission ensure that it follows the plethora of studies and recommendations on reducing the consumption of animal products and dedicate those funds that are currently allocated to their promotion to supporting plant products and their sustainable production in the European Union instead?