Climate neutral food products by 2050

The Danish food sector’s vision is to be climate neutral by 2050 while sustaining or even increasing food production. In line with the UN’s sustainable development goals, Denmark will play a major role in reducing the carbon footprint from food.

The Danish food sector has a clear vision of net zero emissions by 2050, which means removing as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as is emitted. In a close partnership with politicians, research scientists and other stakeholders in Denmark, and in line with the UN’s sustainable development goals, Denmark will help to pave the way for economic and sustainable means to climate neutral food production.

The ambitious vision was recently announced by the Danish Agriculture and Food Council, which represents Danish farmers and food production companies across the country.

“Population growth, a growing demand for food and climate change, pose an immense challenge. If we are to have the capacity to feed the world’s growing population while addressing climate challenges, there is a need for innovative solutions and new technology,” says Anne Lawaetz Arhnung, CEO of the Danish Agriculture and Food Council.

By 2050, the global population will have reached almost 10 billion people and the demand for animal protein and vegetables will have increased exponentially.

"Danish agriculture and food production will be climate neutral by 2050 – from production to consumption,"
says Anne Lawaetz Arhnung.

Partnership across-the-board

Anne Arhnung believes that the climate neutral vision should be achieved in partnership with other stakeholders in Denmark and will require significant investments in research and development.

"Achieving our vision will not be easy, but as our food manufacturers are already among the most climate-efficient in the world, we are well on our way. We know, for example, that there is great potential in taking low-lying agricultural lands and carbon-rich soils out of production to reduce green house gas emissions. Moreover, we know that new technology can also reduce emissions from pig units and cowsheds.

Nevertheless, the search for solutions to address future challenges continues and we need to enhance our collaboration with universities, the agricultural sector, companies and the government".

Please contact Nanna Østergaard, press officer at the Danish Agriculture and Food Council for further information: /
+45 28 18 86 19

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