Why cows are getting a bad rap in lab-grown meat debate
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Why cows are getting a bad rap in lab-grown meat debate

The narrative posited by cultured meat proponents is that animal agriculture requires large amounts of land and water and produces high levels of greenhouse gases (GHG). The environmental impacts of a product, such as a beef hamburger, is then compared to the anticipatory ones for producing a cultured hamburger patty through tissue engineering-based cellular agriculture. While it is true that conventional meat production has a large environmental footprint, the problem with this dichotomous framing is that it overlooks the rest of the story. Continue reading

Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate
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Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate

As the scale and impacts of climate change become increasingly alarming, meat is a popular target for action. Advocates urge the public to eat less meat to save the environment. Some activists have called for taxing meat to reduce consumption of it. A key claim underlying these arguments holds that globally, meat production generates more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector. However, this claim is demonstrably wrong, as I will show. And its persistence has led to false assumptions about the linkage between meat and climate change. Continue reading

Dairy: A tool to fight poverty—An interview with IFCN’s Torsten Hemme
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Dairy: A tool to fight poverty—An interview with IFCN’s Torsten Hemme

Having scanned the scientific literature (100 journal articles) on the impact of milk production on reducing poverty, Torsten Hemme, managing director of the IFCN (International Farm Comparison Network) Dairy Research Center, in Kiel, Germany, says that dairy is improving lives in multiple ways. Continue reading

Sustained progress made in global work to reduce the rise of antimicrobial resistance—but major gaps remain
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Sustained progress made in global work to reduce the rise of antimicrobial resistance—but major gaps remain

The CIDRAP reports this week on a global survey that ‘indicates that while there has been sustained progress on developing national action plans to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR), major gaps remain. Continue reading

A ‘milk start-up’ aims to modernize India’s massive informal dairy economy in Odisha State
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A ‘milk start-up’ aims to modernize India’s massive informal dairy economy in Odisha State

Venture capitalists have been increasingly active in India, though until recently nearly all of them have been looking to invest in Silicon Valley-like dot-coms. Odisha state, the heart of Mr. Misra’s proposed new dairy start up, is one of India’s least-developed regions, far off the radar screen even of investors based in the country. Continue reading