Dave Lewis: Food industry must act now to tackle climate change crisis

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“Climate change is no longer a long-term problem. It is in sight and hurtling towards us.”

This was the stark warning from UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking at the COP 25 Summit in Madrid last week.

Through interventions like this, it’s become increasingly clear we must take immediate action to tackle climate change and its causes in every sector of our society.

Our food industry is a significant contributor to climate change with 20% of total direct carbon emissions globally coming from food and agriculture. The figure rises to 30% when you factor in land-use change.

The sector is also responsible for almost 60% of global biodiversity loss. And around 70% of all freshwater withdrawn is used for agricultural irrigation, which in many cases has a major impact on water flow.


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