How can we eat without cooking the planet?
Professor Susan Jebb , Oxford's diet and population health expert maintains, ‘We cannot meet Net Zero targets without changing our diet.’
Talking in the latest of 10 videos from leading Oxford experts in the run up to the COP26 climate conference, Professor Jebb points out that agriculture accounts for more CO2 emissions than transportation, and she says ‘It is the single biggest cause of harm to nature.’
We need governments to make some structural changes in the food system, says Professor Jebb, but, meanwhile, we can all make a start by doing three things:
- Avoid eating too much
- Cut down on waste
- Reduce consumption of meat and dairy
She says, some people have given up meat altogether but, Professor Jebb maintains, 'Although animals produce emissions, they are an important part of our agriculture eco-systems and provide important nutrients.'
But we need to reduce the global demand for meat, so countries that currently eat a lot of meat need to cut down. That would be good for health and the environment.
‘Eating less meat will be a win for people and the planet,’ she says.
COP26 ask: We need policymakers to agree on ways to reshape the food system.
In later videos, leading Oxford researchers say that, with investment in new technologies and commitment to promises, climate change can be mitigated – if policymakers set the agenda.
If you would like to download the video to use on your channels, a subtitled version is available here: https://vimeo.com/612898123/5cedcf60cf
If you’ve missed any of the previous videos in our series, they’re all available to link to here: https://bit.ly/Countdown-COP26
Please credit the University of Oxford where this video is used. One new video will be released each week in the lead-up to COP26 and two each week during the conference.
True Planet: Oxford research for a changing world
The world is in a climate crisis, and Oxford researchers are at the forefront of trying to find solutions in adaptation and resilience, nature, energy transition, clean road transport and green finance.
Our researchers are working with partners in industry, government, the third sector and at other universities to address these challenges and to propose innovative approaches and solutions. Find out more about our True Planet campaign http://bit.ly/trueplanet