The Good Food Institute is proud to join environmental groups including the Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC, and more, in releasing an open letter to political leaders urging them to address one of the biggest and most ignored drivers of climate change: industrial animal agriculture.
This letter is targeted to leaders on the city and county level: those who have direct control over food purchasing policies for institutions such as schools, hospitals, stadiums, and convention centers. For instance, Chicago recently adopted the Good Food Purchasing Program, which commits the city to purchasing less meat and dairy and instead supplying these institutions with climate-friendly foods.
There is a tremendous opportunity for this approach to pick up steam and make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions.
As stated in the letter:
Cities and counties have led on climate action – by making buildings energy-efficient, increasing electric vehicles in city fleets, and sending less waste to landfills – but all these efforts will be ineffective to halt climate change if we do not also significantly slash emissions embedded in the food we eat.
In fact, it is scientifically impossible to meet our global goals for cutting greenhouse gas emissions without addressing the astounding climate impact of factory farming. By creating practical guidelines in support of climate-friendly, plant-based foods, leaders can align their actions with sustainability goals.
The letter outlines six actions that can be taken today to leverage food purchasing as a way to mitigate climate change. But don’t just wait for leaders to take our advice! You can help by contacting your local representative and urging them to use their power to make the maximum positive impact for the health of our planet and communities – all by supporting healthy, humane, and sustainable foods.
To read (and share!) the complete text of the letter, click here.
Curious about our work? More information about GFI’s efforts to increase the quality and quantity of sustainable, animal-free foods on the market at this link!