New York City to Monitor Citizens’ Food Purchases

The move is part of an initiative to reduce carbon emissions.

  • New York City Mayor Eric Adams and representatives from the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy and Climate & Environmental Justice announced a program to track the carbon footprint of household food consumption.
  • The program is part of a collaborative effort between London and New York with American Express, “C40 Cities,” and EcoData lab to shape greenhouse gas emission policies.
  • C40 is a network of mayors united against so-called climate change by monitoring specific food intake.
  • “The new integrated emission inventory we’re unveiling today show that food is the third-biggest source of cities’ emissions right after buildings and transportation,” Adams said at the event.
  • “But all food is not created equal. The vast majority of food that is contributing to our emission crises lies in meat and dairy products,” Adams added, noting that a “plant-powered diet is better for your physical and mental health.”
  • The mayor then stated his commitment to “reducing the city food emissions by 33 percent by 2030 and challenging our private sector partners to reduce by 25 percent by 2030.”
  • In 2022, a partnership was launched between C40 Cities and American Express to “support the development of consumption-based emissions inventories for London and New York City,” according to a press release.
  • “The consumption-based emissions inventories will enable London and New York City to develop a suite of actions to incentivise more sustainable consumption in collaboration with people and businesses,” the release adds. “The project will also pioneer new ways for other cities to measure emissions from urban consumption.”
  • A report published in 2019 details how C40s aim to measure the so-called climate footprint and reduce emissions.
  • The report came from information acquired from the University of Leeds and the Arup Group, a proponent of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 2030 agenda and supporter of the “fourth industrial revolution.”
  • Some of the C40 cities include Barcelona, Copenhagen, Guadalajara, Lima, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Montréal, New York City, Oslo, Paris, Quezon City, Seoul, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Toronto.
  • Climate change activists are exploring the idea of meat and fuel “rationing” to combat the supposed climate crisis.
  • The University of Leeds studied the possibility of a rationing system, leading scientists to consider the idea that rationing commodities may result in a distribution of “both goods and burdens (more) equally, regardless of wealth.”
  • One of the lead authors of the report noted that rationing “could help, not only in the mitigation of climate change, but also in reference to a variety of other social and political issues — such as the current energy crisis.”