8. Focus: the difficult livestock issue

This chapter focuses on the difficult issue of meat and other animal products. The focus here is on why, since all parties agree that we face serious health, environmental and other societal problems, there is so much dispute and controversy around the roles of meat and milk in these environmental and health concerns, and so much disagreement as to what the appropriate solutions are. This chapter explores the nutritional, environmental and welfare issues associated with animal production and consumption, before discussing three different perspectives that may inform how someone views these issues and that shape their ideas as to possible solutions.