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.
CLEANED provides a rapid assessment that quantifies potential environmental impacts of planned livestock development interventions at multiple spatial scales. With a particular focus on developing countries, it requires participatory discussions with local communities to make sure that assessments are relevant to local agro-ecological landscapes and production systems.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) was recognized for its work in the Ethiopia livestock sector analysis, and the development of the Ethiopian livestock master plan.
Yesterday, 8 May 2017, Henning Steinfeld delivered a keynote presentation—Multiple Benefits from Sustainable Livestock—to some 300 participants on the first of a five-day 7th Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Meeting of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock.
As an Indian (I underline Indian) environmentalist I would not advocate vegetarianism for the following reasons.
ILRI and TechnoServe jointly convened a stakeholders’ workshop to deliberate on how best to achieve sustainable livestock services in extensive production systems in Africa.
A newly published study analysed socioecological assessment technologies to establish how scientific socio-ecological assessments promote science-policy-practice and how scientific choices can simplify complex sociological relationships with implications for science-policy-practice