New York City to phase out processed meat by 2030


New York City to phase out processed meat by 2030

22 April 2019
New laws and actions will help NYC reach 30% emissions reduction by 2030—more than any other U.S. city—and unlike many big-oil-focussed climate initiatives, the Green New Deal is also targeting animal agriculture.

This morning on Earth Day, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced reducing the City’s beef purchases by 50% and phasing out all purchase of processed meat by 2030. Mayor de Blasio’s plan to reduce emissions by 40% also includes clean electricity, stricter building efficiency legislation, and reducing vehicle emissions.

Mayor de Blasio today announced NYC’s Green New Deal, a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts. The comprised of $14 billion in new and committed investments, legislation and concrete action at the City level that will ensure a nearly 30% additional reduction in emissions by 2030. The laws and investments of the City’s Green New Deal will directly confront income inequality, generating tens of thousands of good-paying jobs retrofitting buildings and expanding renewable energy.

“The battle to save our earth will be won or lost in our lifetime,” said Mayor de Blasio. “Every day we wait is a day our planet gets closer to the point of no return. New York City’s Green New Deal meets that reality head-on.”

The initiative will also confront the City’s food system, a topic often excluded from climate conversations, despite the fact that the global food system contributes nearly 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Animal agriculture makes up about half of that.