At COP28 in Dubai, a group emphasized the need to reduce factory farming to help the environment. They explained that this type of farming produces harmful gases. A study by World Animal Protection showed that factory farming alone creates 11% of global emissions, mainly from the 80 billion animals raised for food each year. This results in about 6.2 billion tons of CO2 a year. The United Arab Emirates, hosting COP28, urged nations to reconsider food production methods to decrease these harmful emissions.

During COP28, David Garrahy highlighted that food systems contribute significantly to harmful greenhouse gases, with animal farming responsible for about one-fifth of these emissions. Suggestions included halting new factory farms for ten years and providing support for more eco-friendly ways to produce food. The group also called for increased funding from major farming companies to address climate-related issues. Events at COP28 like “Food4Climate” and “Food Day” showcased how food production impacts the environment. Garrahy stressed the importance of food systems aligning with goals like the Paris Agreement to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.