DISCUSSION: Can your protein choices really save the planet and do we all need to turn vegan?

Professor Andy Lowe will be speaking in Adelaide at the next Raising the Bar event. This event is a part of a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture. Each event is a one of a kind, knowledge-driven event in an unusual location, whilst raising the bar on the content people consume in their everyday lives.

Date: Tuesday August 13, 2019
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Where: The Colonist, 44 The Parade, Norwood, SA 5067
Bookings: Eventbrite

Meat consumption has recently been identified as the bad boy of the environment and our health. Beef production accounts for the highest greenhouse gas emissions of our farming sector, with approx. 25kg of greenhouse gases emitted per kilo of meat produced. Meat consumption in Australia is five times the recommended World Health Organisation levels, which is linked to a range of diet-related diseases including heart attacks, strokes and cancer. So what should we do about it?

In this talk Prof Andy Lowe runs through the pros and cons of turning vegetarian and vegan, for us and the planet, and explores some of the other protein choices that are open to us including next generation vege options, synthetic meats, insects and being flexitarian. You’ll leave the discussion with a broader appreciation on what you can do as an individual to be more healthy, help feed the world and reduce environmental impact.

Professor Andy Lowe is an expert in genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive leader, as well as mid-career mentor. Director of Agrifood and Wine at the University of Adelaide, Andy serves as the external face for all significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and the world. In 2018 he was made the first Scientist in Residence at the Australian Financial Review.

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