Global meat production is under the spotlight for the impact of the emissions—direct and indirect—that the industry generates.
The figures are undeniable: continuing to eat meat at the levels which the West is accustomed to—and which many emerging economies are approaching—is unsustainable. Producing and consuming meat creates enormous amounts of greenhouse gases, necessitates the use of huge tracts of land for the cultivation of crops destined to feed livestock, and pollutes our waterways. At the same time, there’s a worldwide growth in the numbers of vegetarians, flexitarians and vegans: whether it’s for ethical reasons, or out of respect for animals, a desire to protect the environment, concern for health and well-being, or even religious reasons; and scientists are hard at work studying technology to produce artificial meat. Is this the end of animal husbandry? Or does animal farming have essential function which must be preserved? How can animal husbandry produce benefits for the environment, communities and animal well-being?
Sarah Frazee has worked in Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar and Ghana, and for over ten years has been the director of the South African program for Conservation International. Today, with Meat Naturally she works on the issue of animal farming, aiming to create better market access for African herders and highlighting their fundamental role in restoring degraded ecosystems.
The Food Talks are new and freely accessible format of Terra Madre Salone del Gusto: ten minutes for our guests to explore their thoughts on the world we live in, and the future we want for it. The full Food Talk with Sarah Frazee will be released on October 9.
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