In conversation with Professor Robyn Alders and Matthew Evans
In two special episodes Professor Robyn Alders, Matthew Evans and Anthea enjoy a wideranging conversation about ‘eating meat’ and what’s done in our name so we can eat meat and the decisions we can each make to help promote more sustainable, humane and ethical care for animals and of the environments that make our food and biodiversity possible.
Both episodes take their cue from Matthew’s brilliant book On Eating Meat – The truth about its production and the ethics of eating it, his research and Robyn’s extensive knowledge as an internationally reknown veterinarian and expert in sustainable food and nutrition security.
Robyn and Matthew are both farmers and know an incredible amount about animals, landscapes and the health and environmental issues that travel with ‘why’ and ‘how’ we can choose to eat meat ‘better’ – for our health and for the wellbeing of the animals and places that nourish us.
I was incredibly lucky to speak with Matthew and Robyn for my first interview for Nourishing Matters, with Matthew joining the conversation from Fat Pig Farm in Tasmania and Robyn from her car in Crookwell to get decent reception! Thank you!
Matthew is well known as the host of Gourmet Farmer, the popular SBS TV series. A former food critic and chef, he now is a farmer, restaurateur and co-steward of Fat Pig Farm in Tasmania with his partner where he continues to research, write and share his ever expanding knowledge about ethical and sustainable food production.
Enjoy reviews and hear Matthew talking about his book and more at:
Interviews: Want an ethical diet? It's not as simple as going vegan, ABC 3 July 2019 @
Reviews: eg. On Eating Meat – Book Review, Eating for you @ https://eatingforyou.com.au/eating-meat-book-review/
Other Podcasts: Matthew Evans, On Eating Meat – The RegenNarration, Ep #060 @ https://www.regennarration.com/
Robyn is an eminent Australian veterinarian who lives in NSW on her farm where she raises merino sheep. She is a Senior Consulting Fellow with the Centre for Universal Health, Chatham House, UK; Honorary Professor, Development Policy Centre, Australian National University, a Director of the Kyeema Foundation, Australia and Mozambique; current Chair of the Upper Lachlan Branch, NSW Farmers' Association, as well as being an Adjunct Professor, with the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University.
To read or listen to more about Robyn’s research and work see:
Global Hunger Index: One Health, Zero Hunger, October 2020 @ https://www.globalhungerindex.org/issues-in-focus/2020.html
A planetary health approach to secure, safe, sustainable food systems: workshop report @ https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12571-018-0780-9
TEDxANU Robyn Alders, Eating for the Future @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn9FPQxzulk
In which Robyn talks about agriculture and its contribution to greenhouse emissions. She answers how do we nourish ourselves without harming the environment, how farmers and fisheries can transition to more sustainable ways of producing food and how can we drive change at a global level to think and to do food system differently.
Twitter @Robyn Alders