Arrell Food Chair Talks to CBC Radio About the Politics of Meat


Prof. Phil Loring

The politics of food choices can be fraught, particularly when issues about culture and environmental sustainability clash.

But food has always been politicizing, U of G’s Prof. Philip Loring told CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup over the weekend.

Loring, who is an ecological anthropologist and the Arrell Chair in Food, Policy and Society, said while many are beginning to see the eating of meat as destructive to the environment, there are also cultural reasons why so many choose meat and those reasons are important as well, since cultural food choices are “fundamental aspects of who we are.”

Because food is both personal and political, conversations about diet decisions “must be nuanced,” Loring said.

Listen to the full episode here.