FAIRR’s top news picks, keeping your finger on the pulse of the protein sector.
IPCC Report Puts Food at the Heart of Climate Battle
Food Navigator | 5 April 2022
The latest IPCC report concludes: we are nowhere near on track to meet the Paris ambitions. At this point, it comes with no surprise that the food and agriculture sector has a vital role to play in tackling climate change. The sector is both exposed to and contributes to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. A transition towards sustainable diets and diversifying food production systems are key measures for countering climate change.
Europe Pollution Limits Include Livestock Farms for the First Time
Reuters | 5 April 2022
Europe finally steps up on regulating emissions from cattle farming. For the first time, 20000 livestock farms are included in an upgrade of EU rules covering pollution. With animal agriculture accounting for 14.5% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, the move has been a long time coming. The proposal to enforce stricter measures would cover 43% of EU livestock emissions, with more poultry and pig farms included.
Poorer Countries to be Affected the Most by a Global Food Crisis
The New York Times | 5 April 2022
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to severely disrupt global food supply chains. Unfortunately, poorer countries, such as Afghanistan, Sudan, Somalia, and Morocco, are projected to be affected by the consequences the most. These countries are also facing other crises: debt distress, high oil prices, and social issues. As climate change exacerbates these risks, it is down to wealthier nations and institutions to avert a hunger catastrophe.
Graphic of the Week:
Tracking increases in food prices and modeling countries’ import needs allows to estimate which countries are most likely to struggle with a food shortage on the domestic market.
Source: The New York Times
More Food for Thought
Record-Setting Cold Stuns Europe’s Spring Crops | Jason Samenow and Kasha Patel | Washington Post
U.S. Considers Vaccines to Protect Poultry from Deadly Bird Flu | Tom Polansek | Reuters