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The Prime Minister launched the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow with the mantra of “coal, cars, cash & trees”.
But COP largely ignored the elephant in the room; or rather, the cows, pigs, chickens and fish.
As the global population grows towards 10 billion by 2050, overall food demand is expected to increase by more than 50%.
Even if fossil fuel emissions were eliminated immediately, emissions from the global food system alone would make it impossible to limit warming to 1.5°C and difficult even to realise the 2°C target. We must find other ways to meet our food – and protein – demand in a more sustainable way.
Alternative proteins are therefore a key weapon in the fight to keep global warming below 2°C. On average they create 88% fewer emissions.
They also use far less land and water, meaning more greenery across the country.
Crucially, these benefits can be accessed without forcing people to reduce meat consumption or adding to the cost of living.
So instead of limiting people's lives with nanny state policies, let's back British businesses - the wealth creators - to help meet our Net Zero targets by making the UK a food innovation hub and world-leader in alternative proteins.
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