MOFAD Roundtable is a program from the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) that explores controversial food issues through live debate and discussion. This event took place on October 16, 2014 at the Manny Cantor Center.
Global meat consumption is projected to double by 2020 due to increased demand for animal protein and population growth. Other research suggests that livestock production accounts for nearly 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. These facts raise pressing questions: How large a role should animal agriculture play in our food system? Should the ideal human diet include meat, or should we focus on decreasing or eliminating meat consumption altogether? How will the ethical decisions we make today shape our diet in the future?
The answers to these questions are hotly contested, but finding solutions is in everyone's interest. The fourth MOFAD Roundtable brought together a distinguished panel of experts and sparked a lively debate on the ethics of eating animals, the future of cultured meats and other non-meat alternatives, whether there can be "good" meat, and more.
Mark Budolfson, Princeton University
Isha Datar, New Harvest
Patrick Martins, Heritage Foods USA
Peter Singer, Princeton University
Dave Arnold, Museum of Food and Drink (Moderator)