Focus on food technology at climate conference ignores what most of the world’s farmers need, experts say
News Source: National Observer
November 8, 2021
“We have a biodiversity crisis that is as bad as the climate crisis, but hasn’t captured as much attention — farming is the biggest driver of the biodiversity crisis.” – Dr. Navin Ramankutty
Dr. Navin Ramankutty, CSFS Associate and Professor at the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, provided input on the impacts of food production on climate. While food accounts for roughly a third of global emissions, it has historically held a relatively low profile in international climate negotiations (COP). According to Ramankutty, in addition to a greater focus on food systems in such discussions, countries must also ensure that supports are in place for human rights and local ecosystems.