The way we do agriculture in most of the world, using 75% of the land to graze and grow feed for animals that we eat is a recipe for pessimism about our survival. We're wasting resources like groundwater and soil that will take hundreds, if not, thousands of years to replenish.
If we are to have cause for optimism, it is in the shift to entirely new systems of growing food directly for people, eliminating meat as a central part of our diet. By changing to organic plant based diets, we can restore habitat, sequester carbon and halt the poisoning of the natural world.
Dr. Helen Harwatt
Dr Helen Harwatt is a senior research fellow in the Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House. Helen focuses on food system shifts to identify pathways towards creating Paris-compliant food systems that minimize adverse environmental impacts, maximize public health benefits and address ethical issues.
Paul Behrens is a British author and academic in environmental change at Leiden University. His popular science book, The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Futures from the Frontiers of Climate Science (Indigo Press 2021) describes humanity’s current trajectory and possible futures.
Executive producer, Facing Future.TV. Formerly, New York State Lobbyist for the ASPCA, and Adjunct Professor of Communications Concordia College.
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