Preparing for the UN Conference on Climate of the Parties (COP 26) that will be organized in partnership with Italy in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November 2021.

An AUR Round Table, led by the MA Food Studies program of The American University of Rome, is part of the official calendar of events promoted by the Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea, in collaboration with the World Bank's communication program on climate change, Connect4Climate in preparation for the Conference to promote 2021 as the “year of ambition”.

There is ample scientific evidence of how dietary composition affects Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG). We also know that the current food system contributes 25-30% to GHG with livestock production being a major source due to the high consumption of meat at the global level.  

Can we change our diets so that they are not only healthier but also sustainable as a result of a more sustainable agriculture and food system?

This is the theme of the Round Table that will showcase research initially presented at the conference held by The American University of Rome in 2019 on Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Diets and subsequently published as a scientific journal special issue. It will make proposals on how best the results of the research can be communicated in order to enhance education and foster advocacy conveying the urgency of policies and programs to mitigate and adapt to climate change.   

For more information please contact Professor Maria Grazia Quieti, Director of the Master in Food Studies at m.quieti@aur.edu