An Omnivore's Dilemma: The Myth of the Sustainable Meat Movement

This Way to Sustainability Conference IX- Friday, March 7, 2014

BMU 312 - 2:00-2:50

Robert C. Jones, CSU, Chico

An Omnivore's Dilemma: The Myth of the Sustainable Meat Movement

Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Polyface Farm's Joel Salatin, and others have popularized a movement known variously as the sustainable meat movement, the humane meat movement, and the conscientious omnivore movement. They argue that despite the fact that animals are sentient beings, meat-eating remains ethical since meat-eating is, in some sense, "natural". Robert Jones argues that such views are flawed, confused, and misguided. He further argues that "humane meat" is impossible, and that veganism remains a viable, ethical alternative both to the cruelty of current factory farming practices and the ethical confusions of humane meat advocates.