[06 August/Food Navigator] Food production and consumption has again been singled out as a key issue in the battle against global warming and deforestation. In particular, eating less meat and avoiding commodities which contribute to deforestation could help to fix ‘competing visions’ of land use. Dr Katharine Mach, Associate Professor at the University of Miami reported that forests play an important role in keeping the world’s climate in check, and could remove a third of carbon emissions in the year each year, whilst also supporting clean air and water. US average consumption of meat is 270 grams a day and if this was cut to 50 grams, then the world could achieve about half of the required reduction of greenhouse gases from the land sector. It was noted that plant-based foods are on the rise, and that it is looking hopeful, although change needs to be achieved fast.