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The Quagmire of Animal Foods for Human and Planetary Health

March 5, 2024
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Event Description

The subject of animal-source foods (ASF) has become a scientific and political quagmire, with divergent interpretations of the scientific literature and intractable value judgments concerning their consumption for human and planetary health. Producing certain ASF can tax land, biodiversity, and water resources and drive rising greenhouse gas emissions, depending on the system in which these animals are raised. To lessen the impact of these foods on the environment and climate, some experts within the nutrition and climate science community suggest that we can meet global nutrient requirements from a highly plant-based diet containing just 14% of calories from ASFs. Limiting the consumption of ASFs, particularly those associated with diet-related non-communicable disease risk, has potential benefits for human and planetary health. This panel will disentangle this “wicked” issue of how to the world could ensure there is more equitable consumption of ASF, how ASF could be raised more environmentally sustainable, and the future technologies that may disrupt the ASF sector, like cultivated meats.

Event Information

Open to Columbia University ID holders; registration required. For more information, please email Natalie Unwin-Kuruneriv at [email protected]

Hosted by the Columbia Climate School