04.12.2019 Ringvorlesung

19:30 im Carl-von-Linde Hörsaal der TU München (Arcisstraße 21)

Mi 4.12.2019, 19:30 Uhr

im Carl-von-Linde Hörsaal der TU München (Arcisstraße 21)

The diet that can fight climate change

Ed Winters
An diesem Termin der Ringvorlesung Umwelt in der Innenstadt ist Ed Winters zu Gast. Er unterrichtet zum Thema veganer Lebensstil und redet auch öffentlich zu diesem Thema (u.A. zwei Ted Talks in Harvard). Außerdem ist er Unternehmer und hat die Tierrechtsorganisation Surge mitbegründet von der er auch Co-Direktor ist. Diese Organisation hat u.A. The Official Animal Rights March ins Leben gerufen.

No new news: Per-capita animal product consumption is increasing around the globe as the world population grows, but in order to keep up with the demand of animal products without compromising the environment, we need drastic changes in our food systems. Many politicians, institutions and organizations have brought up the urgency of tackling this challenge, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) describing a plant-based diets as a major opportunity for mitigating and adapting to climate change. According to the Dutch minister of agriculture Carola Schouten, the appropriate level of animal welfare is to be decided by the market. The issue is that citizens are distanced from agriculture;
they do not see firsthand the environmental impacts agricultural practices have, and studies have shown that their consumption choices do not reflect what they consider appropriate treatment for farmed animals. So the current policy regarding this topic is that of silent debate. Public debate must occur to generate transparency in this industry.
Certainly, habits are hard to change, and simply showing slaughterhouse footage on Facebook won’t make people go vegan overnight. However, the alternative protein space is making great food to please our palates, so we don’t have to give up the foods we love to change the food system and fight climate change.
Sounds all quite convoluted to you? Do not worry. Guest speaker Ed Winters, also known as Earthling Ed, will tackle the complexities of this topic and make us aware of the fact that we cannot solely be consumers anymore. We have to become food citizens, aware of the origin of our foods and willing to try new, delicious foods for the better of the world.