Eat less meat, save the world
The world’s first lab-grown beef burger, the result of years of research by Dutch scientist Mark Post at the University of Maastricht.
We might be able to grow artificial meat but are people really prepared to eat such produce over meat from farmed animals?
Slaughterhouses in parts of rural Kenya don’t adhere to basic hygiene standards.
Slaughterhouses are an essential step in meat production. Hygiene standards need to be maintained to prevent the spread of diseases.
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.
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.
‘Chook farms ruin lives!’. Australians consume a lot of cheap chicken, but not all of them appreciate an intensive chicken factory as a neighbour.
As consumption has soared and prices have fallen, the realities of industrial chicken farming often clash with the values of people who live on the urban fringes where broiler farms are sited.
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.
Worldwide, the livestock industry is a bigger source of greenhouse gases than transport.
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The recent Lancet Commission report rightly pointed out that climate change is a huge risk to global public health. But it shied away from one of the main issues: the world consumes far too much meat.
Sheep farming would be protected by an Animal Welfare Commissioner.
Plaid Cyrmu's agricultural policies clash with Wales' current course of action.
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.
The face of climate evil, or just a juicy steak?
Going vegetarian might help reduce your personal footprint - but it won't save the climate. Richard Eckard explains.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created by humans are a primary cause of global warming. While carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels and changes in land use make up the largest share…
Marketing meat in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Cattle comes at a high cost, with or without a rosette.
That eating beef is environmentally costly is by now widely appreciated. But little has been done to curtail the amount of cattle farmed for meat consumption. To try and address this, my colleagues and…
Meat production, halal style.
John Blackwell, the new head of the British Veterinary Association, recently waded into the ritual slaughter debate by calling for kosher and halal meat preparation to be banned. With vets at European…
End of the line.
A ban on halal and kosher slaughter without prior stunning of animals has come into effect in Denmark. A similar ban is already in force in Sweden and Norway, as well as other European nations. This decision…
Concerns about meat causing harm to animals and environment could be a thing of the past.
Fabrice de Nola
In his essay “Fifty Years Hence”, Winston Churchill speculated, “We shall escape the absurdity of growing a whole chicken…