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Climate Change Week

Climate Change Week is scheduled for the 12-18 March 2012, to find out more information please visit


Livewell report for WWF by Rowett institute

Looks at UK dietary changes to achieve a reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions  of 28% by 2020 and 75% by 2050    It concludes
The report’s key messages are that a diet can be achieved which meets dietary recommendations for health and the GHG reduction targets for 2020, without eliminating all meat and dairy products. Rebalancing the UK diet in line with the Eatwell plate and reducing meat-based proteins could achieve a diet that would meet the 2020 GHG target. Meeting the GHG targets for 2050 and dietary recommendations will require a radical shift in food consumed, though it would be possible to include some meat or dairy products in very small amounts if other food in the diet were low in GHGs.

Broadly the diet recommends eating more seasonal, regionally grown fruit and vegetables; eating less meat (red and white) and eating less highly processed foods which are more resource-intensive to produce. It points out that this report just looks at nutrition in relation to  GHG emissions and that more work is needed to integrate wider issues of sustainability into the modelling process and to develop broader dietary advice.

The Food and Drink Federation publish a report on their progress to date on how their members have responded to their corporate Environmental ambitions

The Food and Drink Federation  (includes all big food manufactures )  publish a report on their progress to date on how their members have responded to  their corporate  Environmental ambitions   They have updated actions    All this is vital as it cascades down to growers and product specifications

The Cancun conference

wonder how much CO2  this produced    Perhaps we could lay off the cows digestion  and be allowed to eat meat  for twelve months to offset !!


Copa-Cogeca welcomed today results from the UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun which came up with a balanced set of decisions, but more progress could have been made.

Copa-Cogeca Secretary-General Pekka Pesonen stressed  “Copa-Cogeca welcomes the fact that negotiators in Cancun restored faith in the multilateral process and came up with a balanced package of decisions, in order to make progress towards a new climate treaty. But there is still much work to be done before the next Conference,  the COP 17, in South Africa”.

However, Copa-Cogeca regrets that the text agreed in Cancun does not note the important role of food production systems in mitigating and adapting to climate change. We believe that greenhouse gas emissions can be cut at the same time as raising productivity in the EU agriculture and forestry sectors. This is crucial given that FAO predicts that world food production needs to be more than doubled by 2050 to meet growing demand.

He continued: “We consequently wait with anticipation for work to continue in 2011. In particular, this should focus on enhancing the relationship between agriculture and food security and the link between adaptation and mitigation.  There also needs to be a clear mandate for the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to establish a work programme on agriculture. Furthermore, definitions, modalities, rules and guidelines relating to LULUCF (Land use, Land use change and Forestry) for application in the second commitment period need to be worked on”.

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