Leaked Draft of Latest IPCC Report Reveals Meat Industry Blocked Attempt to Recommend a Plant-Based Diet

A leaked draft of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has revealed how countries with influential beef industries such as Brazil and Argentina have pushed for the removal of a recommendation for a shift to plant-based diets. The original draft stated that "plant-based diets can reduce GHG emissions by up to 50% compared to the average emission-intensive Western diet," but the published report's wording was changed to "balanced, sustainable healthy diets acknowledging nutritional needs." The report did not directly mention beef and dairy or wealthy countries that should urgently reduce meat consumption.