The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has made a significant call for global agricultural transformation to combat climate change. Led by Qu Dongyu, a former Chinese Communist Party official, the FAO is pushing for drastic changes in agricultural practices worldwide.
The FAO’s proposal, aligned with the World Economic Forum’s “Net Zero” goals for “Agenda 2030,” urges nations to impose strict restrictions on their agricultural industries, particularly targeting meat and dairy production. The aim is to realign the global agricultural system with a green agenda. However, this move by an unelected body like the UN has raised concerns and skepticism.
The FAO’s emphasis on the importance of this change for the planet’s well-being is understandable, but concerns about the organization’s true intentions persist. Some suspect that Qu Dongyu, as the head of the FAO, may be using his position to promote China’s agenda rather than genuinely addressing global food security issues and hunger crises.
Dongyu’s emphasis on pressuring Western agricultural sectors has been met with criticism, as it neglects more pressing matters such as food insecurity. The FAO’s report, on the other hand, underscores the importance of providing nutritious food while integrating agricultural systems with efforts to combat climate change. It suggests that reducing meat consumption in wealthy nations can have dual benefits for both human health and environmental sustainability, while promoting increased protein intake in poorer regions.
The suggested modifications aim to boost efficiency and sustainability in agriculture, with a focus on livestock production, by integrating climate-resilient genetics to optimize productivity and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.
Dongyu’s loyalty to China’s interests has been questioned, raising doubts about the authenticity of his efforts within the FAO. It is suggested that his decisions may be heavily influenced by Beijing’s agenda, rather than being solely focused on addressing climate change.
The FAO’s recommendations extend to urging policy shifts to alter livestock populations, promoting changes in consumer behavior, and adjusting food-related taxes and subsidies to steer consumers toward more environmentally conscious choices.
Highlighting that livestock production contributes significantly to agricultural emissions, the FAO warns that without substantial govement intervention, these emissions could surge by 2050.
This initial FAO report is just the start of a series, with the next releases set for the upcoming UN climate summits (COP29 and COP30). The subsequent reports will delve into regional roadmaps for agricultural transformation and detailed country-specific plans, alongside strategies for emissions monitoring and accountability.
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