We need to start talking about the food transition in the same way we talk about the energy transition. Emissions from food alone could use up all of our budget for 1.5°C or 2°C – but there are a range of opportunities to avoid this.
The two big sources of greenhouse gas emissions are energy and food production. It’s sometimes argued one or the other should be focused on. This is a false dichotomy. Climate change cannot be addressed without moving away from fossil fuels. Equally, climate targets cannot be reached without tackling global food production. Even if emissions from fossil fuels were stopped right now, emissions from food production alone would take us well beyond the carbon budget for 1.5°C, and leave little room to reach our 2°C target.
There are a range of options to successfully reduce food emissions:
- A shift to more plant-based diets.
- Healthy calorie consumption;
- Less food waste;
- Improvements in crop yields and farming practices.
Combined, these options shift us towards a global food system that is more productive, has a low climate impact, and provides a healthy, nutritious diet for everyone.
In this webinar, Rahul Bhushan and Stuart Forbes from Rize ETF will unpack the solutions that can help drive us toward a sustainable future of food. We are fortunate to be living in an age of consumer consciousness, and the tailwinds for investment opportunities across food & agriculture have never looked stronger. They will also introduce their rebalanced Sustainable Future of Food ETF that is now fully plant-based.
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