One-size-fits-all ‘livestock less’ measures will not serve some one billion smallholder livestock farmers and herders
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One-size-fits-all ‘livestock less’ measures will not serve some one billion smallholder livestock farmers and herders

Once again, the debate on sustainable diets and in particular on (not) eating animal-derived products is resurfacing in the media, as illustrated most recently by an article in The Guardian. The paper reported on a study by J. Poore and T. Nemecek entitled ‘Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers’, published in the latest edition of Science magazine. Continue reading

Win in old ‘real-world’ markets by capturing mind shares (claiming bandwidth) in the new ‘narrative markets’
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Win in old ‘real-world’ markets by capturing mind shares (claiming bandwidth) in the new ‘narrative markets’

Competing successfully in ‘old’ markets for capital, labour, goods and services no longer suffices. Firms, governments and other actors are compelled to create, contend and collaborate in new markets with distinct features and operating rules—markets for narratives. Continue reading

Why livestock belong on the table—whether we eat meat or not
Advocacy / Consumption / Environment / Food Security / Livelihoods / Nutrition / Opinion piece / Policy / Pro-Poor Livestock / Vulnerability

Why livestock belong on the table—whether we eat meat or not

Berhe Tekola, director of the Animal Production and Health Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), this weekpublished an opinion piece in the Bangkok Post (25 Jun 2018), reminds readers that livestock are integral to the fabric of life in many developing countries. Continue reading

Is promoting vegetarianism for all the world’s people a form of colonialism? just Euro-centric?
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Is promoting vegetarianism for all the world’s people a form of colonialism? just Euro-centric?

The debate over whether a vegetarian diet is better for the planet is top of mind for many as news of water scarcity, climate change, and deforestation seem to worsen by the day. Sarah Taber, a US-based agricultural scientist added another angle to the debate earlier this month when she laid out the argument that calling vegetarianism and/or veganism a universally ‘better’ diet is a form of colonialist thinking. Continue reading

A better way for vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters and livestock herders alike—By ecologist Ian Scoones
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A better way for vegans, vegetarians, meat eaters and livestock herders alike—By ecologist Ian Scoones

Agricultural ecologist Ian Scoones has some important and thoughtful things to say about the science and media publications promoting the recent ‘vegan craze’ in rich countries and the impacts of those publications on millions of livestock herders in poor countries. Continue reading

Livestock fact check – what’s behind the data behind facts on livestock development?
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Livestock fact check – what’s behind the data behind facts on livestock development?

Facts and data on livestock and sustainable development are often hard to pin down. A set of fact sheets from the Supporting Evidence Based Interventions project at the University of Edinburgh aims to inform discussion and decisions by providing robust, up-to-date and appropriately interpreted facts about some of the big questions. Continue reading