Research has yet to reveal why and how obesity rates have surged around the world in the past few decades.
Meat is a popular food choice all over the world.
Simply calling on people to eat less meat is not very useful. The consumption of meat, after all, is embedded within numerous social and cultural practices. But changing diets can benefit the planet.
Different foods have different amounts of greenhouse gases embedded in their production.
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The food we eat is responsible for almost a third of our global carbon footprint.
Australians are becoming more aware of where their meat comes from, but it’s still and ethical minefield.
A new SBS doco will spark more questions about if and how we should eat meat.
How many Australian children know what meat is before it shows up on their plate?
We're a nation of meat eaters but city dwellers may have trouble discussing the origin of a steak with their offspring. And though there are programs teaching children how vegetables grow, there aren’t too many that involve raising an animal for food.
Kangaroos are much lighter on the land than sheep and cows.
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Eating cows and sheep is unsustainable. Here are some better alternatives.
A wise choice?
There are are some strong arguments for giving up meat, so why do so many ignore them?
In a sense, aren’t they one and the same?
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When you think about it, it's a bit strange to view food through a lens of "meat" and "not meat" – especially when plants consume animals, and vice versa.
Livestock ‘digestion’ produces nearly 3 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases each year.
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Eating less meat isn't the only solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.
So it turns out you can thaw out meat and refreeze it. Who knew?
What are some of those food safety myths we've long come to believe that aren't actually true?
We go to great lengths to avoid the mental conflict between our desire not to harm animals and our love of sausages.
A report released by the World Health Organisation has ranked red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans, possibly causing bowel cancer.
The World Health Organisation's report on the increased cancer risk with eating processed and red meat has been met with mixed reactions.
Consumption of chicken has been rising in Africa. This is a short-term solution to improving food insecurity.
Meat has health benefits. And good quality meat could also be the solution to the food insecurity problems that plague two-thirds of households in the developing world.
More of these for personal and planetary health.
Environmental sustainability will not figure into this year's Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but the process helped build evidence – and consumer support – for inclusion in future DGAs.
Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
Too much meat is bad for our health and the environment, so why not tax it while giving veggies a free pass?
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If GST was added to meat, the government could raise billions of dollars in revenue while also encouraging shoppers to eat more veggies - a lipsmacking prospect for public health and the environment.
Friend or food?
The morality of which animals we can and can't eat doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
Farming makes a huge contribution to global greenhouse emissions, mainly through methane from livestock.
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Meat uses a lot of resources - between three and ten times as much as plants for the same amount of protein. The rich world might be slowly losing its taste for meat, but the developing world isn't.
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