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Feeding the World in Times of Climate Change: "We Can Learn a Lot from Indigenous Peoples"

By Nicola Abé, DER SPIEGEL

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The way we eat is destroying the world, says agricultural economist Yon Fernández de Larrinoa. His research focuses on the food systems of indigenous peoples, and believes they can teach us valuable lessons.

It wasn’t just heads of government and United Nations officials who gathered at the global climate conference COP26 in Glasgow. A number of representatives of indigenous communities also attended. Their homelands continue to be destroyed, primarily by commercial agriculture and livestock farming, which is responsible for 90 percent of all clearcutting. The food industry is also responsible for a third of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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