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April 13, 2024

Moby: COP26 world leaders need to negotiate a Plant-Based Treaty

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To coincide with the official Plant-Based Treaty launch at COP26 Glasgow and Wold Vegan Day, international recording artist Moby has called for a global agreement about a shift to a plant-based food system this year at COP26.

A grassroots campaign

The Plant-Based Treaty initiative is a grassroots campaign designed to put food systems at the forefront of combating the climate crisis. Modelled on the popular Fossil Fuel Treaty, the Plant-Based Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture and to promote a shift to healthier, sustainable, plant-based diets.

Organisers are urging scientists, individuals, groups, businesses, and cities to endorse this call to action and put pressure on national governments to negotiate an international Plant-Based Treaty.

In response to the methane emergency, Plant-Based Treaty activists will be holding events inside and outside COP26 asking delegates to begin negotiations for a Plant-Based Treaty as a companion to the Paris Climate Accords.

The Plant-Based Treaty seeks to halt the expansion of animal agriculture and deforestation, incentivise a shift to a plant-based food system by redirecting subsidies, taxes and public information campaigns, along with reforestation and rewilding of land.

In addition to his music career, Moby is known for his veganism and support for animal rights and humanitarian aid. Photo Wikipedia.

The Treaty and Moby join forces

Plant-Based Treaty and Moby have joined forces to appeal to COP26.

In addition to his music career, Moby is known for his veganism and support for animal rights and humanitarian aid. He was the owner of TeaNY, a vegan cafe in Manhattan, and Little Pine, a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles, and organized the vegan music and food festival Circle V.

Moby’s COP26 has released a statement calling for a Plant-Based Treaty.

‘We face a climate catastrophe and especially a methane emergency.

‘We need to strike a global agreement about a shift to a plant-based food system this year at COP26.

‘We are on track to hit 1.5C warming around 2030 and 2C warming around 2040. This would lead to catastrophic climate impacts such as increased heat waves, more intense hurricanes, wildfires, droughts, food shortages, violent weather patterns, sea-level rise, climate refugees, coral bleachings, and the ongoing mass extinctions of thousands, tens of thousands and millions of species.

Our biggest chance of limiting temperature rise

Moby said we need to address all three greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. ‘Our biggest chance of limiting temperature rises in the next 25 years is cutting methane.

‘The Paris Agreement is completely silent on animal agriculture but a third of methane emissions come from animal agriculture.

‘We can all make a difference. Fight climate change simply with diet change. Please join me and endorse and support the Plant-Based Treaty.’

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  1. Meat has been refined by the human race as THE most efficient food source. Transportable in fire flood pest resistant and it uses grass..just grass to be produced. To grow the same amount of calories from plant based diet you would need 10 times the landmass, massive amounts of fertilizer and dont even want to think of how much water, plus fossil fuels in the harvesting and production. Not to mention most of the the fertilizers are made from chemicals or from ground up animals? Dont you realise we have evolved from plant eating humans and our very survival has been because of meat. A much bigger global disaster heading down the pipe when sustaining the world population on plants.

    • Well, that’s what meat-eaters like to tell themselves – most meat-eaters go along with that line.
      It’s not true but it helps distract you from the fact that you are eating death.
      And, even if it were true (which it’s not) why is YOUR life worth more than any other earthling?

      (Also, a lot of livestock died in the last fires – believe it, they did.
      No one moved them anywhere. They are only transportable if a human transports them)

      • Im a supporter of veganism. But I am also a supporter of educated individual choice. How quickly the Monsanto case has slipped from ones mind. A fertilizer company, in its ignorant pursuit of success has managed to infiltrate every possible biological lifecycle onearth with glysophate. A deadly poison. A plant based business. Or lets look at the Barrier Reef, whose life balance has been permanently damaged by the fertilizers used to grow crops in Queensland. Or the burning of jungles all around the world to plant palm oil other plant based agriculture. I dont think they plan to grow meat in the swathes of destroyed forests in the Amazon. Or the baiting methods used in Tasmania to kill wildlife that eats crops. You have a valid cause, I agree. But he industry is far from perfect…in fact I would say in the longterm it will have played a far more destructive role in destroying our planets diversity. I took can quote books and articles. I too have dramatically changed my diet over the years but I am not ignorant enough to think there is only one side to the argument. Balance us so important, lest we all lurch to the otherside of the earthship and tip it over!

    • Yet to hear any counter argument to your points Sally.

      Broad scale farming of anything is unwise.

      Smaller scale, regenerative farming, using crops and animals for sustainable land management outcomes is better placed for more localised production/consumption.

      One of the largest owners of farmland in the USA (made his money in tech and now vaccines), recently stated that if you care for the planet, you will eat synthetic beef. What he didn’t say is that he also owns large amounts of stock in synthetic beef companies.

      What next, synthetic Governments… oh wait.

    • Sally.I recommend Beyond Beef by Jeremy Rifkin, when you’re through let us know, there’s more.
      As it stands now you are a danger to yourself and the planet.

  2. So the argent against eating meat – any meat, even grazed meat grown on land too steep for crops – is that the bushfires killed wildlife.

    Good argument lol


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