On October 10, the C40 Good Food Cities Declaration was adopted by 14 cities. Under this commitment, C40 mayors will lead cities in developing a “Planetary Health Diet,” by 2030. C40 is a group of cities working to reduce effects of climate change.

This diet includes nutritious food thats healthful to the cities and residents. The pledge was made at the C40 Summit in October 2019. City signatories include Toronto, Stockholm, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Quezon City, Los Angeles, Milan, Oslo, London, Guadalajara, Lima, Barcelona and Copenhagen.

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According to C40 data, a sustainable diet with reduced food waste can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from food by more than 60%. This plant-based diet has reduced meat and dairy consumption and leans heavily on unprocessed plants. The diet is also focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

To achieve this the cities have committed to the following: support plant-based food consumption, reduce food loss and waste compared to 2015 numbers work with stakeholders to develop a joint strategy, and align procurement with Planetary Health Diet. All of these cities will use power to influence diets in hospitals, businesses and governments. 14 cities combined will get sustainable food for 64 million people.

The meat industry is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Plant-based diets are shown to be better for the environment. Food waste is also a growing problem for landfills and emissions.

Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti said of the city’s food commitments, ” Delivering a Global Green New Deal means taking a real stand against food waste — so that we feed people, not landfills. We’re committing to do our part to make healthy food more accessible, reduce waste, and save our planet.”

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