Just Transition for Agriculture? A Critical Step in Tackling Climate Change

Keywords: Animal Agriculture, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, IPCC, Just Transition, Meat, Paris Agreement, Plant-Based Diet, Trade Unionism

Abstract

Just Transition has become an established discursive and conceptual framework to transition economic industries toward a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. In the coal and mining industry in particular, it has gained a foothold and transformed politics and livelihoods. In other areas, like animal agriculture, which is equally damaging to the climate, the need for change and the deployment of Just Transition to achieve it are not yet established. Drawing on the most recent scientific insights by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), this viewpoint argues that transitioning toward a low-carbon production is just as imperative in agriculture. Specifically, it demands that we move away from animal agriculture. The viewpoint concludes by sketching possible areas and means of intervention.

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Author Biography

Charlotte E. Blattner, Harvard Law School

Visiting Researcher, Animal Law & Policy Program

Published
2020-03-25
How to Cite
Blattner, C. (2020). Just Transition for Agriculture? A Critical Step in Tackling Climate Change. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(3), 53-58. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.093.006