Fletcher coordinates session during Edinburgh International Science Festival ‘Should We Give Up Meat to Save the Planet?’

Should We Give Up Meat to Save the Planet?

Friday 6 April

Our food systems are a major cause of environmental damage, linked to greenhouse gas emissions, loss of biodiversity and deforestation. Researchers and policymakers are encouraging us to adopt sustainable diets, but how do we make the right choices? And should we – as suggested by recently published guidelines in Sweden and the Netherlands – be reducing meat and dairy as these have the greatest environmental impact? Or should we be supporting our farmers because, in the UK, livestock production is such an important part of our economy? Join us for presentations and discussion.Ticket price includes samples of three sustainable snacks provided Edinburgh Larder.

Speakers Biographies

Mike Small was one of the people who developed the Fife Diet project – motto ‘think global, eat local’  –  to highlight the environmental costs of conventional food production, and celebrate local food. He is currently a freelance writer and edits Bella Caledonia magazine.

Pamela Mason is a registered public health nutritionist with a Masters in Food Policy who has recently co-authored a book on Sustainable Diets (published by Earthscan) with Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University, London. She also works with local food networks in South Wales.

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Dangerous Spaces

Dangerous Spaces engage regulatory hindrances that contribute to the notorious Valley of Death in commercial innovations.

Risk to the Wellcome Trust vision of achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health lies not only in actual and perceived regulatory impediment, but also in actual and perceived barriers to the realisation of public benefit. One such example is the prospect of profit, which can turn a promising space of enquiry into a dangerous space of commercial risk and public suspicion.

This spaces will address the following research questions:

  • How can public interest and public benefit be more effectively reflected in HRR?
  • What must be done to translate ideological commitment to openness and public benefit into the acceptable praxis of health research involving commercial interests?