Friday, May 28, 2021

UN summit will disrupt agriculture

The United Nations will hold a meeting in September that observers say will disrupt global agriculture and set it on a new path.

It’s part of the Paris Accord on climate change and the meeting is being held to decide what to do about greenhouse gas emissions related to agriculture.

“The summit will awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food,” said a website posting by the United Nations.

“The summit will provide an opportunity to unleash ambitious new actions, innovative solutions and plans to transform our food systems.”


Berry Marttin said “we are on the forefront of a new revolution in our industry.” He is on the board of directors of Rabobank.

Marttin said one likely outcome will be food labelling legislation that will set common standards around the world.

He expects the labels will provide information on emissions and water use.

Gordon Bacon who helped Pulse Canada to launch said he worries that the summit will be unduly harsh on beef farming and that it will try to impose global solutions whereas most farming takes place in specific environments and ecosystems.

For example, he said consideration should be given to beef coming from cattle that graze land that would otherwise not produce food.