FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Mike Flood, R-Neb., is planning to introduce a decision this week condemning all United Nations suggestions that the U.S. decrease its meat consumption to cut back carbon emissions and struggle world warming.
Flood is planning to formally introduce the decision Monday amid the continuing U.N. COP28 local weather change convention in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the place delegates are planning to difficulty a first-of-its-kind report that’s anticipated to name for the West to cut back consumption of beef. The U.N. has, for years, known as for people to ditch animal-based diets, which it says “have a high impact on our planet.”
“Resolved, that the House of Representatives (1) recognizes the importance of meat and livestock production to the United States economy; (2) recognizes the importance of meat and animal-based protein; (3) disapproves of United Nations recommendation to reduce meat consumption in their global food systems’ road map; and (4) opposes the use of any Federal resources to support attempts to reduce meat consumption,” Flood’s decision states.
Flood, who serves on the Congressional Beef Caucus, joined a refrain of voices this week criticizing the U.N.’s Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) for making ready its world meals methods’ street map, which can reportedly embrace a name for the U.S. and different Western nations to ditch meat in favor of plant-based meals. That report is predicted to be revealed as quickly as Sunday throughout a COP28 session hosted by FAO.
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Critics, together with Flood, have argued such a suggestion would current a risk to world meals safety, hurt the economic system and fail to think about emissions reductions achieved by the agriculture business and American beef producers.
“As delegates from around the world are preparing to gather in Dubai to identify solutions to the climate change crisis, we call on them to look at solutions holistically. Solutions that seek to reduce meat consumption are misguided and will only lead to limited consumer choice and higher food prices,” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane mentioned in an announcement shared with Fox News Digital.
“At a time when malnutrition plagues countries across the world, a reduction of high-quality animal protein would disproportionately impact consumers who can ill-afford to pay more and are ultimately at the highest risk of malnutrition,” Lane added. “Reducing beef consumption in the U.S. is not a realistic or impactful solution for climate change. America’s beef producers and consumers around the globe deserve real solutions to the climate issue, not artificial barriers to protein consumption that will do nothing to solve the world’s climate issues.”
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The world meals system — which incorporates land-use change, precise agricultural manufacturing, packaging and waste administration — generates about 18 billion tons of carbon dioxide per 12 months, the equal of 34% of whole worldwide emissions, in accordance with a March 2021 examine revealed within the Nature Food journal. FAO knowledge signifies livestock alone is answerable for round 14.5% of world greenhouse fuel emissions.
In the U.S., nevertheless, agriculture alone generates about 10% of whole greenhouse fuel emissions, federal knowledge reveals. The American agriculture sector accounts for simply 1.4% of world emissions and has applied a variety of options, making it the nation’s lowest-emitting financial sector.
And beef cattle within the U.S. are answerable for simply 2% of the nation’s greenhouse fuel emissions and fewer than 0.5% of the world’s emissions.
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“FAO emphasizes the critical need for an innovative plan and a concrete package of solutions to overhaul agrifood systems,” the group mentioned in an announcement to Fox News Digital earlier this week.
“The Global Roadmap is positioned as a strategic tool to demonstrate that accelerated climate actions can transform agrifood systems, simultaneously addressing food security and nutrition challenges today and in the future without breaching the 1.5 degrees threshold. In this roadmap, FAO is urging for good food for today and tomorrow.”