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Commentary: "Will business continue to feed climate change?"
Author: Irit Tamir, Oxfam America, Published on: 27 June 2016
While the transition away from fossil fuels remains central to the Paris target of limiting the temperature increase to 1.5°C, this will only remain within reach with significant additional emissions cuts across all sectors of the economy over the next decade, including from the global food system that accounts for around 25% of global emissions...As an industry with such a sizable emissions footprint and one that relies on millions of farmers and agricultural workers in regions that are already being significantly affected by climate change, the sector also has a major responsibility to play a prominent role in fighting climate change...Many food and beverage companies have already shown their willingness to lead on climate action...Now the food and beverage sector must build on this by addressing the substantial agricultural emissions associated with their supply chains. As Kellogg and General Mills have demonstrated, the best way to do this is through setting science-based mitigation targets for their entire supply chains...[Also refers to Ben & Jerry's, Coca-Cola, Danone , Mars, Nestlé , PepsiCo and Unilever]