The BBC’s ‘The Food Chain’

I recently discovered an interesting podcast on the BBC Worldwide Service – ‘The Food Chain’.

Published weekly, ‘The Food Chain’ investigates the economics, science and culture of what we eat and asks what it takes to put food on your plate.

In the most recent episode, published Saturday 24th September, the presenter (Manuela Saragosa) discusses ‘pestatarians’ – people who eat animals classed as pests or invasive species as they believe that it is a method of controlling the animals’ populations and is less harmful to the environment than the farmed animal industry.

This was a great first episode to listen to as it brought together many issues that interest me.

Now that I am a vegetarian and no longer blinkered by carnism, what interests me is where these cultural patterns about what can and cannot go on your plate comes from.

When the Earth’s population is estimated to be 9.7 billion by 2050, we need to investigate other diets, namely veganism, so that we are not as dependent on the ecologically-damaging farmed animal industry.

You can listen to the episode on pestatarians here.

All episodes are available to listen to on BBC iPlayer here.


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