The rise in intensifying natural disasters like Hurricane Florence brings a new sense of urgency in re-thinking climate change. By 2050, all sectors of the economy must get on a 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degree Fahrenheit) global warming pathway to secure a future for humanity. Food and agriculture, a significant contributor of global greenhouse gas emissions, must play a critical role in achieving that transition. The livestock sector, in particular, is critical to this transition given its substantial impact on communities and landscapes across the globe.
In the last two decades, significant resources have been invested in strategies to shift land use and supply chains for industrial agriculture, from soy moratoriums in the Amazon to industry-led roundtables on soy and beef. Yet in the United States, more confined animal facilities are being sited or proposed in rural communities for exports; in eastern Europe, more land is being acquired for feed and meat production; and in recent years in Brazil, the rate of deforestation related to livestock production has increased as feed grain monocultures and overgrazing expand to fragile ecosystems. Given these realities, momentum is increasing around shifting consumer preferences toward more plant-based diets and lab meat alternatives, even as production and exports of beef, pork, and poultry continue to rise.
What might a comprehensive strategy look like to shift the livestock sector toward a climate-friendly pathway? This funder webinar will share highlights from a recent report published by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and GRAIN, identify strategic areas of needed engagement, and illuminate pathways toward a just transition through agroecology. The dialogue is intended to catalyze a critical discussion about transformative strategies that move livestock production toward a model that contributes to climate mitigation, builds agricultural and ecosystem resilience, and respect human rights and animal welfare.
Peter Riggs, consultant, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; director, Pivot Point
Dr. Christine Chemnitz, head of international agricultural policy division, Heinrich Böll Foundation
Olivier De Schutter, co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food
Shefali Sharma, director, European office, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
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About the Speakers
Dr. Christine Chemnitz, international agriculture policy advisor, Heinrich Böll FoundationChristine studied agriculture in Göttingen and Berlin, where she earned her PhD at the Humboldt-Universität. She has served as head of the international Agricultural Policy Division at the Heinrich Böll Foundation since 2007. Her work focuses on sustainable agriculture, industrial livestock farming, and food consumption. She is the head of the annual publication »Fleischatlas« (tr: Meat Atlas), a report that shows tools and strategies for how to improve animal agriculture.
Olivier De Schutter, co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food), former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to foodOliver is co-chair of IPES-Food, a transdisciplinary initiative that, since 2015, has worked to inform the policy debate on food systems reform through evidence-based research and direct engagement with policy processes around the world. He served as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food from 2008-2014. In 2013, he was awarded Belgium’s top scientific award, the Prix Francqui, for his contribution to the advancement of EU law, the theory of governance, and human rights law. Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur, he served as General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights. He is a Professor (LL.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Louvain (UCL) at the Catholic University of Louvain and has also taught at the College of Europe (Natolin), as a Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University, and as Visiting Professor at Columbia University.
(MODERATOR) Peter Riggs,consultant, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; director, Pivot PointPeter Riggs has extensive philanthropy experience including ten years managing the East Asia and Russian Far East environment programs for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; as program officer for climate change, forestry, and resource rights at the Ford Foundation; and as senior advisor on bioenergy for the Packard Foundation. Peter was the founder and director of the Forum on Democracy & Trade. He is currently a consultant and strategist for nonprofits and foundations as well as a partner in a clam-and-oyster business in southern Puget Sound, Washington State. He speaks very good Indonesian, acceptable Japanese, comically bad Russian, atrocious Mandarin, and appalling Spanish. He has a B.S. in population biology from Oberlin College and a M.Sc. from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Shefali Sharma, director, European office, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)From the global production of feed grains to meat processing and retail, Shefali’s current work and publications focus on the economic, social and environmental impacts of the global meat industry. She continues to examine how international trade rules and global governance on food security and climate intersect with the sector. Shefali established IATP’s Geneva office in 2000 and led its Trade Information Project for several years. She has worked with and consulted for several other civil society organizations including with the Third World Network, as the South Asia coordinator of the Bank Information Center and ActionAid International. She has a MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in Sussex and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the College of William and Mary.