Why It’s Falling To You—And Not Your Government—To Decarbonize The Food System

The food system arguably produces more greenhouse-gas emissions than any other sector, and yet it remains the most neglected by policymakers.

Food is responsible for more than a third1 of the emissions that must vanish by 2050, and yet food was nowhere on the agenda at the Paris Climate Conference. In fact, menus at the conference cafeterias were dominated by carbon-intensive meat and cheese.

Many academic climate conferences and seminars were likewise catered—until the Coronavirus pandemic shut them down—with the most carbon-intensive foods, even as the physicists and economists attending them worked to decarbonize energy, transportation and industry.

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