Peer-reviewed Article: Just Transition for agriculture? A Critical Step in Tackling Climate Change

Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development

Charlotte E. Blattner, March 2020

Just Transition has become an established discur-sive and conceptual framework to transition eco-nomic 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 cli-mate, 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 to-ward 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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