During the recent COP28 talks in Dubai, an environmental group stressed the crucial need to limit factory farming to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. World Animal Protection’s study revealed that factory farming alone causes about 11% of global emissions, with nearly 70% of the 80 billion animals raised annually for food living in these systems. This results in approximately 6.2 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions each year. The United Arab Emirates, hosting COP28, urged nations to align their food production practices with broader goals of reducing emissions and led efforts in developing new ways to farm.

At COP28, David Garrahy emphasized that leaders pledged to include food systems in their plans to reduce emissions. He mentioned that food systems contribute significantly to global greenhouse gases, with animal agriculture responsible for one-fifth. There was a proposal to pause new factory farms for ten years and shift subsidies to more eco-friendly livestock and plant-based food production. The organization urged more funding from big farming companies for climate-related issues. COP28 events like “Food4Climate” and “Food Day” showed how food production impacts global warming and the environment. Garrahy highlighted the role of food systems, which use 15% of fossil fuels, in aligning with the Paris Agreement goals to lessen reliance on fossil fuels.