New York’s Mayor Eric Adams plans to reduce the city government’s “food-based [greenhouse gas] emissions” by 33 percent by 2030. And he is “challenging our private sector partners to join us by cutting their food emissions by 25 percent in the same time period.”
At a press event April 17 he said the city has already taken steps to introduce “plant-based meals in our public hospitals” and hold “Plant-Powered Fridays in our public schools.”
The city also presented a new inventory of New York City greenhouse gas emissions. It shows that food represents 20 percent of the city’s emissions, following buildings at 35 percent and transportation at 21 percent. The inventory measures both “consumption and production” of food eaten in New York City.
“The new inventory shows that 20 percent of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions come from household food consumption—primarily from meats, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. This means New Yorkers can significantly reduce the city’s emissions by eating more low-carbon food, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes.”
H-T Igor Chudov.
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