NEW PAPER OUT - Meat consumption, health, and the environment

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:30

A review on Meat consumption, health, and the environment was published in Science on the 20th July by the Livestock, Environment and People (LEAP) team, highlighting the growing annual consumption of meat and its consequences. The review states that changing meat consumption habits is a challenge that requires identifying the complex social factors associated with meat eating and developing policies for effective interventions.



Both the global average per capita consumption of meat and the total amount of eat consumed are rising, driven by increasing average individual incomes and by population growth. The consumption of different types of meat and meat products has substantial effects on people’s health, and livestock production can have major negative effects on the environment. Here, we explore the evidence base for these assertions and the options policy-makers have should they wish to intervene to affect population meat consumption. We highlight where more research is required and the great importance of integrating insights from the natural and social sciences.

Godfray et al. 2018. Meat consumption, health and the environment. Science July 2018, Vol. 361, Issue 6399, eaam5324

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