What surprised me about researching the cattle industry and transitions?
Really, I was most surprised by the lack of conversations on the economic impacts of reducetarian claims against beef. While it’s commonplace to hear environmental arguments against beef consumption, or people citing GHG emissions for their own vegetarianism or veganism, there is very little talk about what would happen to the workers, producers, and other parties who rely on the industry. This is especially surprising when seen against the focus on transition work, clean jobs, and economic prosperity and equality in environmental movements like the Green New Deal. It is clear, though, that in order for any environmental program to be politically expedient and practically effective, it must also engage with the economic and social consequences that follow.