In the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference [COP26] on 1-12 November 2021, food systems workers in the Asia-Pacific region are calling for urgent action on the climate crisis.
For more than a decade scientists have warned that the average rise in the earth’s temperature compared to pre-industrial times should not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius. The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [IPPC] released in August predicts that we risk exceeding this limit.
The report warns that we face an imminent ecological catastrophe, with devastating implications for human health. This includes the threat to crops, food supply and food security. See 2021 will not be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be the year of action (or inaction) on the climate crisis. – IUF Asia-Pacific (iufap.org)
Yet the current food system itself is a major cause of the climate crisis. Large-scale industrialized agriculture and the corporate control of food and agriculture have created unhealthy, unsafe and unsustainable food systems that generate the greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.
This must stop. We need to protect the right to food and nutrition as a universal human right, promote safe and sustainable food systems, prevent a global health crisis and preserve the planet.