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Charlotte Talks: Can Eating Less Meat Really Save The Planet?

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

We’ve heard that global meat production is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and scientists warn that to help combat climate change, we must reduce our meat consumption – especially beef. Can eating less meat save the planet?

One controversial piece of advice from experts on our role in saving the planet from climate change. They say we must eat less meat. Meat production is a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and if we really care about getting a handle on slowing the course of our warming planet, we must reduce our meat consumption – especially beef.

You may be skeptical – about both the connection and Americans' ability to change our diets that drastically but perhaps a conversation with our guests today may change your mind.

Guests

Brian Kateman, Co-Founder and president of the Reducetarian Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing consumption of meat, eggs, and dairy. He is also editor of The Reducetarian Cookbook and The Reducetarian Solution

Timothy Searchinger, research scholar at Princeton University and a senior fellow of the World Resources Institute. He is lead author of the World Resources Report "Creating a Sustainable Food Future."

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.