Is Eating Meat Killing Our Planet?

Our diets are out of kilter with what’s good for both us and the planet because powerful vested interests and misplaced economic incentives have driven them in that direction, and this is the thesis underlying the commission’s findings. The equivalent of $500 billion (Dh1.83 trillion) in agricultural subsidies goes each year to the wrong sort of food — corn, soya, meat and dairy, as cheap raw materials for intensive livestock production and for highly processed foods. About $5 trillion a year goes in subsidies to the fossil fuels which industrialised agriculture uses so profligately. Big food has spent hundreds of millions advertising unhealthy food and lobbying to block the sort of measures that might help shift consumption.

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