Is meat the new tobacco? Some are suggesting it is, and urging a “sin tax” on beef, pork and other meats.
Taxing a food product like meat, which has been entrenched in our culture for so long, is silly. We should let the market evolve and allow consumers to make their own choices.
Health concerns about red meat consumption, as well as the environmental impact of meat production, have fuelled an increased demand in plant-based proteins among Canadians. These calves are shown on the Grazed Right cattle ranch near Black Diamond, Alta., in 2016.
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Canadians are increasingly invested in their food -- where it comes from, how it's produced, and whether it's healthy. Here are some predicted food trends for 2018.
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We need to address the mindset that enables this mass slaughter of animals in the first place.
The current trend is to dispense with meat and even any animal products. What does science say about these new diets?
Don’t blame the turkey for those snores coming from the living room!
Remember that story about the molecule found in turkey that makes you drowsy? Research shows it's a myth – tryptophan doesn't cause you to nod off, but it may be connected to cooperation.
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Huge hunks of meat and energy inefficient cooking methods make the Sunday roast a particularly unsustainable meal.
Australian consumption of chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Total meat consumption per capita in Australia has been stable since the 1960s but the type of meat consumed has changed significantly. Chicken and pork both now far outstrip beef, mutton and lamb.
Given the carnivorous trend of the US presidency, it is unsurprising that food is a significant metaphor in House of Cards.
Eat less meat, save the world
Taxing meat may be unpopular, but an urgent problem calls for an urgent solution.
Can’t go full-vege? You can be a bit more flexible about it by just eating LESS meat, instead of none.
A flexitarian is a vegetarian who eats small amounts of meat.
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.
Vegetarians might live longer, but only because they’re more likely to be healthy in other ways, too.
When we compared the risk of early death between vegetarians and non-vegetarians while controlling for a range of other factors, we did not find any statistical difference.
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A global trend to regulate frequent antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production is emerging but Africa is still lagging behind.
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.