Jeremy Rifkin: Meat is ‘the most inefficient way of feeding the human race’

Jeremy Rifkin: Meat is ‘the most inefficient way of feeding the human race’

Caroline Scott-Thomas

Food Navigator

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Rifkin has been a vegetarian since 1977, but he is not calling on the whole world to eschew animal products. Instead, he talks about encouraging conversation, and says it is ironic that the world’s wealthiest are often eating the least healthy foods, high up on the food chain, and suffering from diseases of affluence – type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. “You can’t legislate this,” he said. “We need to encourage a robust conversation to move down the food chain and free up land from feed grain. …It’s hard to hear this in a lot of countries.”

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