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Marketing meat in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. Marketing meat in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. James Akena/Reuters

How to satisfy our appetite for meat without ruining the planet

Foundation essay: This article is part of a series marking the launch of The Conversation in the US. Our foundation essays are longer than our usual comment and analysis articles and take a wider look…
Indonesian ownership of Australian cattle is a step in the right direction for both countries, but welfare still needs work. Indonesian ownership of Australian cattle is a step in the right direction for both countries, but welfare still needs work. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Indonesians can buy our land but shouldn’t ship live cattle

Australians should not be alarmed but pleased at the current Indonesian proposal to invest in cattle production in the north of Australia. It demonstrates a renewed confidence in Australia’s ability to…
You’re expecting us to solve climate change for you? You’re expecting us to solve climate change for you? Kaibab National Forest

Saving the world with cows: why simple ideas don’t work

Zimbabwean biologist Allan Savory proposed in a TED talk in March that getting more cows grazing on rangelands worldwide would soak up carbon dioxide. His suggestion has been a huge hit with online viewers…
Soil makes pasture, pasture makes milk, milk makes cheese. Soil makes pasture, pasture makes milk, milk makes cheese. lu_lu/Flickr

The good earth – King Island cheese and Currie Yellow Kurosol

Australia has some of the world’s most ancient soils, many of which grow delicious produce. In this series, “The good earth”, soil scientist Robert Edis profiles some of those soils and the flavours they…
When cows are going hungry, should their rights trump those of national parks? When cows are going hungry, should their rights trump those of national parks? AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Queensland cattle crisis: animal welfare or the environment?

Due to a serious drought that has seen one-third of Queensland drought declared, farmers are struggling to feed their cattle. There’s inadequate feed on their own land, feed is hard to source in the marketplace…
Dairy farmers will be able to claim carbon credits if they feed their cows right. Dairy farmers will be able to claim carbon credits if they feed their cows right. Eli Duke

Reducing methane from dairy cows: it’s all in the oil

The Carbon Farming Initiative is about to provide incentives for dairy farmers to reduce emissions from their milking cows. Emissions will be reduced by changing the cows' diet. The proposed new methodology…
Being vegetarian saves cows' lives, but threatens the future of other sentient creatures. Being vegetarian saves cows' lives, but threatens the future of other sentient creatures. nunro

Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands

The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more…
It looks delicious, but is a diet free of red meat better for the planet? It looks delicious, but is a diet free of red meat better for the planet? stu spivack

Could your diet save the planet?

By now most of us have read articles suggesting we “eat less red meat and save the planet”. Some may also have heard statements by the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr Rajendra…

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