Ep1. Meat the four Futures

Introducing the four futures & why we focus on meat and livestock

Episode summary

Food has this incredible ability to bring people together. But it can also divide us. And how can it not? The same foods that some find so nutritious, that give us such a strong sense of who we are - are also believed by others to be at the center of so many existential concerns - global malnutrition, climate change, biodiversity loss, and inequality.


Meat sits at the center of this controversy. But is it the problem or the solution? Well, that’s complicated. Meat: The Four Futures bring us together on a journey where we can examine our past and our future, our decisions and the science that informs them.


This podcast will explore four competing visions for meat and livestock: 1) Efficient meat 2.0, 2) Alternative "meat", 3) Less meat, and 4) Plant-based no meat. In this episode we set up the series and unpack the promises and pitfalls with each future.


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Listen to each part

Part 1 - Current picture, according to science     (12 minutes)


Elin Röös, researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, breaks down the global picture and impacts of meat production and consumption around the world.


Follow Elin on Twitter @Elin_Roos_SE



Part 2 - Origin of the four futures      (13 minutes)


Tara Garnett, researcher at the University of Oxford and director of TABLE, introduces the promises and pitfalls of the four futures.


Read the Gut feelings and possible tomorrows report.