On 15 October a Taskforce of academics, industry and policymakers attended a GFS workshop in London to discuss and develop four different 2050 food system scenarios that meet the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop was chaired by Professor Tim Benton and co-led by the three other scenario leads.
The first part of the workshop utilised the expertise in the room to expand and refine each scenario. The second half of the workshop focused on stakeholders; who would ‘win’ or ‘lose’ in each scenario? What would the wider implications be for government, business and society? And finally, how can the research agenda be shaped to maximise the benefits and minimise the trade-offs in each scenario?
The workshop ended with the Taskforce constructing a list of key policy messages for industry and government, which will be released in the form of a policy brief in time for the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These messages include the futility of trying to meet the Paris Agreement without addressing the Sustainable Development Goals, and the importance of dietary change in the battle against climate change.