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COP26 Can't Set Aside the Oligarchs Long Enough to Deal with Global Catastrophe

What do you expect from a conference funded by banks and corporations?

Anyone with any awareness of the full-scope of the climate crisis should have come away from the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (or COP26) with two realizations: extreme measures are needed to avert catastrophe, and this group of corporate lobbyists and executives (and the politicians they control) are an especially useless group to put in charge of the whole operation.

According to journalist and historian Vijay Prashad, one stunning example of this principle is the proposed Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C) program.

"[T]he global food system produces between 21% and 37% of annual greenhouse gas emissions," Prashad writes:

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Not long before COP26, three United Nations agencies released a key report, which offered the following assessment: ‘At a time when many countries’ public finances are constrained, particularly in the developing world, global agricultural support to producers currently accounts for almost USD 540 billion a year. Over two-thirds of this support is considered price-distorting and largely harmful to the environment’. Yet at COP26, there was a notable silence around the distorted food system that pollutes the Earth and our bodies; there was no serious conversation about any transformation of the food system to produce healthy food and sustain life on the planet.

Instead, the United States and the United Arab Emirates, backed by most of the developed states, proposed an Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM4C) programme to champion agribusiness and the role of big technology corporations in agriculture. Big Tech companies, such as Amazon and Microsoft, and agricultural technology (Ag Tech) firms – such as Bayer, Cargill, and John Deere – are pushing a new digital agricultural model through which they seek to deepen their control over global food systems in the name of mitigating the effects of climate change.

In this corporatist vision of the future, John Deere and Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos supply the infrastructure while bankers ultimately own every part of the food chain, down to (and including) your own stomach. To the extent that "farm to table" exists at all, it's a luxury for those who can afford it. This is a recipe for disaster, and not just climate disaster.

Source: Popular Resistance