The upcoming Intelligence Squared debate raises the question of, what’s the best diet to adopt when taking into consideration health, environmental and ethical concerns? In a 2011 poll, it’s reported that about 2.5% of American adults eat no animal projects while 48% reported eating meat, fish or poultry at all of their meals. With the growing concerns in food production, health issues, obesity, sustainability, the environment, etc., the concept of a sensible, healthy and responsible diet may be hard to define and grasp. This debate looks at two perspectives.
Debating for the motion of a meat-free, plant-based, whole foods diet, are Dr. Neal Barnard, Clinical researcher and Author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, and Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary. They emphasize the numerous health benefits of a plant-based diet. They also bring into attention the unethical aspects of farm animal production and its negative effects on the environment.
Debating against the motion are Chris Masterjohn, Nutritional Sciences researcher and Blogger at The Daily Lipid, and Joel Salatin, Farmer and Author, stating that the focus of an environmentally friendly and ethically responsible diet should be on a locally sourced, sustainable diet rather than a meat-free one. They believe that meat consumption is not the issue but rather agribusiness’s factory production of foods.
The moderator of the event is author and correspondent for ABC News, John Donvan.
There’s so many varying opinions about this. The debate will definitely be interesting to watch. According to the online poll at IQ2, the results show a pretty even split between their readers.
There are two ways to watch the debate.
For those in the NYC area, tickets to the live debate at the Kaufman Center can be purchased here. The reception is from 5:45pm to 6:30pm and the debate starts at 6:45pm. The Kaufman Center is located at 129 West 67th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam.
For others, the debate will also be live streamed on their website.