Commitments to action

Coalition for Action: Resizing the livestock industry

Compassion in World Farming, This collective commitment is made by Philip Lymbery, Chief Executive Officer of Compassion in World Farming, focal point lead of Sustainable Livestock Solutions Cluster C and UN Food Systems Champion.

The objective of this coalition for action is to create a broad-based multi-stakeholder coalition to develop, model and implement cohesive and integrated measures that promote consumption and production of affordable, healthy diets within safe planetary boundaries from nature-positive agriculture with all animal-source foods deriving from systems providing a good quality of life for farmed animals.

The coalition has four areas of focus:

  • Resizing the livestock industry and reducing meat and dairy consumption –
  • Shifting to nature-friendly, regenerative agriculture
  • Supporting a just transition
  • Adopting good standards of animal welfare

Further information on these four action areas appears in Sustainable Livestock Solutions Cluster Paper C at:

The solutions are proposed in the context of a scientific evidence-based showing that a significant reduction in global consumption of meat and dairy is needed if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to meet the Paris climate targets, to reduce the environmental harms and overuse of natural resources stemming from current livestock production, to lower the incidence of non-communicable disease, and to minimize the use of antimicrobials and the risk of the emergence of zoonotic diseases.

Research shows that the production of animal-sourced foods needs to be reduced by at least half globally to stay within environmental limits and planetary boundaries. This global reduction should be undertaken on a contraction and convergence basis. This would enable increased consumption of humanely and regeneratively produced animal-sourced foods in some countries and regions, in accordance with recommended healthy diet guidelines, and substantial reductions amongst high-consuming populations.


Civil society

Action Area(s)

Boost Nature-Based Solutions of Production



Key contact

Compassion in World Farming, Philip Lymbery,


Livestock, Nature-positive, Humane


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