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New Perspectives on Meat, Agriculture, and Food

How are meat and animals being viewed in the future conversations on food?
The Future of Food Conversations
Amazon, AP, National Geographic

"Where's the Beef" took on a new meaning when a petri dish of beef, grown from bovine stem cells, was grilled and served up during an internationally televised event [blog]. This media sensation does have some interesting angles for those in agriculture. The metrics on meat production from the World Health Organization (WHO) and statements from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on agriculture environmental impacts are being used to extend the discussions about stopping animal agriculture in favor of meat cultured in laboratory environments.

Additionally, the conversations about world food production and harvesting the world biosphere to support the population is gaining the attention of influential people. Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and philanthropist, published his personal summer reading list, with two books by Vaclav Smil, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Some of Prof. Smil's titles include Harvesting the Biosphere: What We Have Taken from Nature and Should We Eat Meat Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory.

What are farmers, ranchers, and others in support of agriculture doing to stay in tune with these conversations?


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