I was delighted to be invited to participate in Foodscapes: A World Food Day Symposium at the University of Canberra on October 16th. Every single one of the presentations sounds fascinating and this is what I’ll be talking about:
Human-Livestock Entanglements into the Anthropocene
If we are to believe popular media accounts of livestock agriculture, it is an industry so tainted by animal welfare issues and environmentally unsustainable practices that a positive future is hard to imagine. Without ignoring the real challenges facing animal agriculture, what can we learn—and take forward—from ten thousand years of co-habitation and mutual domestication? From smallhold farming and rare breed conservation to technologies and techniques for intensive production, we still have the option to find real joy in caring for livestock, and real hope for our shared futures.