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What is the Role of Meat in Society?

Diana Rodgers, RD from SUSTAINABLE DISH shares her experience at the International Meat Conference, which took place at Teagasc – The Agriculture and Food Development Authority of the Republic of Ireland.

Excerpt from the Article:

I opened by explaining that my job is largely a game of “Whack-a-Mole”. You know that game where you try to hit the little critter on the head, only to have him pop up through multiple other holes in a frustrating and seemingly never-ending game where the mole eventually wins just because he has the advantage? Well, this is how I feel on a day-to-day basis. I explained how I’ll do a social media post about meat’s superior protein availability, only to be challenged about meat causing cancer, methane emissions, water intensiveness, inefficient use of land, or the fact that it’s simply wrong to kill beautiful animals to eat them when we can just eat plants.

I made the case that we must have more people who less “siloed” in their approach to meat. Nutritionists, animal scientists, food systems experts, ethicists, and others involved in the debate of the future of food need to better understand the complexity and totality of the impact livestock and animal sourced foods have on our society. However, in order to do this, we need to break out each topic – nutrition, environment, ethics, economics and culture individually in a way that even non-scientists can digest.

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