Food and agriculture produce 26-37% of global greenhouse gas emissions—three-quarters of those emissions are from the livestock sector.
About AIM for Climate
In November 2021, the United States and the United Arab Emirates launched the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate). This initiative aims to foster global collaboration among governments, NGOs, businesses, universities, philanthropists, and other actors to accelerate investment, research, development, and implementation of practices and technologies that decrease greenhouse gas emissions from food and agriculture. AIM for Climate encourages both public and private funding for projects that develop, scale, demonstrate, or deploy these "climate-smart" solutions through 2025. To date, the initiative has over 200 partners and has garnered over $4 billion in funding for a variety of projects, including $2.8 billion in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to fund 70 pilot projects across the nation.
AIM for Climate marks a long overdue international recognition of agriculture's role in the climate crisis. However, we cannot resolve our agriculture system's problems with the same thinking that created them. Farming intensification has not only released great quantities of greenhouse gases into our atmosphere, but it has also destroyed millions of acres of wildlife habitat, polluted our air and water, decimated our soil fertility, and abused billions of animals.
Putting the "smart" in "climate-smart solutions"
Unfortunately, not all "climate-smart" solutions are created equal. Some solutions that have been presented, such as giving drugs and feed additives to cattle to make them produce less methane and capturing methane from manure lagoons, only perpetuate farmed animal abuse and fail to address other key consequences of factory farming, such as antibiotic resistance and zoonotic disease. In addition, imposing further input expenses such as drugs and machines may put struggling farmers in even more financial hardship.
The investments made by AIM for Climate and its partners will dictate the trajectory of our food system at the most critical moment for our planet. We must ensure the solutions funded and implemented today through AIM for Climate put us on the right path to a cruelty-free, sustainable, and livable future.
CIWF's role in AIM for Climate
In April 2022, Compassion in World Farming joined AIM for Climate as a knowledge partner to support solutions that meaningfully reduce climate impacts as well as improve animal welfare, protect wildlife, and enhance food security. With 87 billion farmed animals in a sector that generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative that we implement and expand radical changes to the livestock sector on a global scale if we are to save animals from suffering and save our planet.