Weekend reading: the politics of protein
The International Political Economy Society (IPES) food section has just issued this report.
Its major thesis: alternative plant- or cell-based alternative meats are not the solution to world food problems.
As the report’s author, Phil Howard, explains in his Civil Eats editorial:
The hype around alternative proteins also diverts our attention away from solutions that are already working on the ground: shifting to diversified agroecological production systems, strengthening territorial food chains and markets, and building “food environments” which increase access to healthy and sustainable diets. These pathways respond holistically to challenges whose breadth and depth have been well-evidenced. They entail transformative behavioral and structural shifts. They require sustainable food system transitions, not merely a protein transition. Yet without a consolidated set of claims and claim-makers behind them, these pathways are systematically sidelined.
Don’t feel like reading the report? Watch the video.
- Executive summary: EN | FR | ES | P
- Full report EN | FR | ES | PT
- Infosheet: Fake meat in the spotlight [EN] — This document is especially useful.
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