“Meat is good for you” versus “Meat is bad for you:” Stakeholder interpretations of the health evidence around meat and dairy consumption

Date and Time

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 12:00 to 13:00

Abstract

Speaker: Tara Garnett, University of Oxford (Food Climate Research Network at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute_

Title: “Meat is good for you” versus “Meat is bad for you:” Stakeholder interpretations of the health evidence around meat and dairy consumption.

Date: Thursday 24 January

Time: 12-1pm

Venue: London International Development Centre (LIDC), Room 103 (Upper Meeting Room), 36 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD


RSVP: Helen Walls <Helen.walls@lidc.bloomsbury.ac.uk

 

Do we need meat and dairy products in the diet?  If so, how much? If not, why not?  And why are the nutritional arguments around meat debate so polarised?

This presentation will examine the evidence around the role of meat and dairy products in the diet and explore how and why this evidence (and the associated scientific uncertainties) is interpreted differently by different stakeholders.  It will show that the positions stakeholders hold on nutrition are shaped by their concerns and convictions in other areas.  These include beliefs about the economic role of the livestock sector, its environmental impacts, attitudes to animal welfare/ethics and to freedom and choice; as well as more fundamental “gut feelings” about eating flesh and other animal products.

Tara Garnett runs the Food Climate Research Network at the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute.  Her work focuses on the contribution that the food system makes to greenhouse gas emissions, and the options for reducing emissions within the context of other social, environmental and ethical concerns.

Presentation PPT and Recording available here.