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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Transitional Spaces

Transitional Spaces explore opportunities to accelerate medical advances by anticipating regulatory issues.

The law is notoriously slow to respond to new and emerging advances in medicine, science and technology. The challenges are manifold because different areas of biomedicine develop at different rates, and different countries are affected in their regulatory responses by varying economic, cultural and moral considerations.

This space will address the following research questions:

  • What does legal foresighting contribute to bringing about effective transitions in the biomedical sciences?
  • What conditions are required to ensure the interoperability of effective regulatory approaches between different sectors of scientific enquiry, improving regulatory efficiency for emerging biomedical research?