Can we save the planet and end food shortages by reducing the amount of meat we eat? Meat the Future is a compelling selection of international research and expert opinion investigating the environmental, social and economic issues linked to meat consumption.
Our addiction to meat contributes significantly to challenges like climate change, loss of biodiversity, food insecurity, resource inefficiency, and water and land pollution. The compounding effect of current meat-eating habits is pushing to the brink the ecosystems we rely on to survive. Yet these inconvenient truths have been largely absent from public debate. In this engaging and easy-to-follow book, Stuart White and Dana Cordell from UTS’s Institute for Sustainable Futures contribute a chapter on phosphorus security. Their important research shows diets heavy in meat are a key driver of phosphorus use, a vital nutrient in agricultural production. This non-renewable resource will become increasingly scarce, leading to food and water insecurity as well as volatile food prices. And with the world's population projected to increase by 1 billion over the next 12 years, serious questions need to be raised as to whether a meat-heavy diet is viable. Movements like Meat Free Mondays show it's easy to reduce meat consumption and increase more plant-based food consumption – a change that will be kinder to animals, the environment and our health.
Stuart White is the Director of and Dana Cordell a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Futures. The pair was awarded the 2012 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.