The United Nations issued its sixth Global Environmental Outlook report on Wednesday, conveying the message that the world is not on track to meet goals to create a more sustainable future by 2030 or 2050, and that urgent action is required in order to not just meet global temperature goals set in the Paris Agreement, but to ensure they aren't rendered impossible.
In 2015, the U.N. developed 17 Sustainable Development Goals to address global challenges including climate, environmental degradation, and inequality by 2030. In 2016, the Paris Agreement entered into force with a goal to keep global temperature rise well below two degrees Celsius, and ideally below 1.5 degrees Celsius. To get on track to achieve these goals, the report outlines a series of changes to the global systems of food production, energy, and waste management.
The report calls for sweeping changes in our food system. Currently, a third of all edible food produced is wasted, with industrialized countries accounting for 56 percent of this waste. In addition, food production uses 50 percent of habitable land, and 75 percent of that land is used for meat production. Agricultural production also uses 70 percent of the world's water, according to the report.
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