Food systems are largely ignored in the fight for a better future, yet, globally, they employ more than one billion people and use 77% of agricultural land to raise and feed animals for human consumption. Marked by intensification, industrialisation, and commercial gain, conventional animal agriculture is wreaking havoc around the planet. It accounts for 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, 91% of the Amazon rainforest destruction, and 80% of all extinction threats, for example. And, animal agriculture exacts this toll while receiving less than 1% of global climate change mitigation resources.
There is an urgent need to shift from this wasteful, destructive, and economically skewed model to one that is sustainable, regenerative, and equitable. Such a transition is possible only if there is large-scale reduction in the production and consumption of meat, dairy, eggs, and fish.
At 50by40, we are driven by the philosophy that only when we work together can we fix the broken global food system and build one that is fair, healthy, and compassionate. This holds the key to addressing some of the most wide-reaching issues of our time: climate change, food insecurity, nutrition deficiency, food sovereignty, public health decline, social inequality, animal exploitation, and biodiversity loss.
How we work is as critical to our functioning as what we do. We strive to be the catalyst for constructive change and productive partnerships to transform the food system as we know it today.
To this end, our work is guided by seven core principles that create a strong framework for well-informed, holistic decision making.