Climate change is having an increasingly negative impact on global food security, and these impacts are falling disproportionately on women.
Even if all other sectors decarbonize completely, carbon emissions from food systems alone would use nearly all of the emissions budget for both 1.5°C and 2°C goals.
The global population consumes about US$9 trillion of food each year, but the external cost of that food is more than double that—US$19.8 trillion.
Philanthropy spends billions on issue areas that are implicitly connected to food systems, yet food issues are seldom explicitly addressed in funding strategies.
While global forums have recently put a heavier focus on important topics like regenerative agriculture and food waste, healthy and sustainable diets are often left off the table.
Participants called upon world leaders to recognize that local governments and communities are critical leaders in food systems sustainability.
According to the citizen group Demanda Colectiva, the decision is a win for peasants, Indigenous communities, and consumers.