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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

The dairy dilemma: what needs to change and why?

The dairy dilemma: what needs to change and why?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

in partnership with Upfield

This ThinkIn was broadcast live with an online audience and an in person audience at Cop27 in Sharm El Sheikh. 

People in the rich world eat far more meat and dairy than we need, more than is good for our waistlines or the planet. There is widespread awareness of the climate impact of beef, but less scrutiny of dairy.

Livestock production in the rich world is supported by government subsidy and competition from plant-based alternatives is often limited by regulation. In developing countries, many people are still short of affordable proteins and calories, while there is a risk the rich world’s unsustainable model of eating will be exported.

How do we scale back the global north’s outsized meat and dairy industries? How can farmers be incentivised to care for nature rather than maximising food production? What technology and policy changes can help slash methane emissions from agriculture, a major driver of climate change? How can we make sustainable nutrition accessible and affordable for all?

This ThinkIn explores the relationship between social norms, business innovation and government action on meat and dairy, and asks how we can mend a broken food system.

Find out more about what happened at our ThinkIn here

editor and invited experts

Jeevan Vasagar
Climate Editor

Dr Susan Chomba
Director, Vital Landscapes, The World Resources Institute

Lou Hunt
Manager International Environment, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand

Sally Smith
Global Director Sustainability & ESG, Upfield

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