Joint letter urges Alok Sharma to put food on COP26 menu

The key UN climate summit COP26, taking place in Glasgow this year, must address put food system issues on the agenda.

The Food Ethics Council is one of more than thirty NGOs, leading academics, local governments and industry bodies who are signatories to a joint letter, co-ordinated by Nourish Scotland, sent to COP26 President Alok Sharma asking him to push food systems higher up the priority list at COP26.

Pete Ritchie, Director of Nourish Scotland, says: “The road from Paris to Glasgow goes through the farm gate. We have to invest in the food and farming transition alongside the clean energy transition – and we have to start now.”

Recent studies suggest food systems may generate close to one-third of global greenhouse gas emissions. We will only be able to achieve net zero if we fundamentally transform food systems, including how food is produced, what we eat and how much food is lost or wasted.

For more details, see the full press release from Nourish Scotland here.