What would it mean to move "beyond veganism"? How can animal advocates look at the systems in which animals and our planet are exploited to make the biggest impact possible?
The new report by the IPCC is an incredible opportunity for anyone trying to get people to eat fewer animal-based foods or go vegan! I have yet to see a government report that reviewed so much research into the carbon footprint of different diets. And, incredibly, what we all know to be true is going … Continue reading The UN says vegan diet is best for environment
In the past, behavior change research tended to act as though humans were sponges, such that by simply learning something we would then immediately and forever more act based on that knowledge. If only that were true... but, unfortunately, in the modern world it is increasingly apparent that that is not how people work. We … Continue reading The Behaviour Change Wheel
It's time for a top-down approach to sustainability. A top-down approach does not assume that any improvement is a failure. It celebrates any and all progress and uses them as fuel to motivate future change. In this way, we are constantly building on our achievements and creating a positive change model.
How do you quantify, monetise or in any way try to value something as intangible as, say, preventing climate change? This question may seem a bit ridiculous: Who cares? Climate change is a serious problem and we need to do something about it NOW! Yes, and no. The problem is: we live in a world where money … Continue reading What’s your price tag on… sustainability? An animal’s life? Your health?
While a day doesn't seem to go by without someone mentioning the continuing increase in meat consumption, it's not that simple. In fact, while food consumption growth is, indeed, outpacing overall population growth, meat consumption is actually decreasing. Yes, certain types of meat (mainly poultry) continue to be eaten at rates higher than population growth in 'developing' countries, … Continue reading Meeting demands for less meat
As a politically-minded academic I am faced with a wide chasm between what is 'intellectually interesting'
and what is 'practically useful'.
The greatest daily struggle as a researcher is to merge these two areas, finding the overlapping areas where what stimulates me intellectually is also what is useful to the world outside of academia.
It may come as a surprise to most people that the European Union (EU) has been openly discussing the potential benefits of reducing animal food consumption for nearly two decades. In fact, in 1998 they described reducing consumption as ‘arguably‘ the best way to address the environmental problems caused by animal food production . As they … Continue reading Something Needs to Change