A new report has revealed the globe’s first national reduction targets for animal-sourced foods, saying it will help ensure the future of humanity.
The study, ‘More money, more meat – High income countries must lead on reduction’, shows, for the first time, how much each high and middle-income country must do to reduce its consumption of animal-sourced foods, including poultry, eggs, meat, fish and dairy, to live within planetary health boundaries.
The Compassion in World Farming study revealed that:
Based on calculations from the EAT-Lancet Planetary Health Diet, which aims to provide healthy diets from sustainable food systems by 2050, the report is the first to provide reduction figures to give a more accurate picture of consumption.
Philip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming chief executive, said the richest nations were eating their way to extinction: “Our insatiable appetite for cheap meat and other animal-sourced foods is damaging our health, causing immense animal cruelty, and killing our planet.
“Unless we wake up now and act to reduce this calamitous overconsumption, it will simply be too late. The responsibility lies with these richer nations to take immediate action through national policies to help combat their impact in driving the climate health and nature emergencies.”
The report outlines the current lack of action to tackle the problem and includes clear policy recommendations for reducing overconsumption: