WORKSHOP/CALL FOR POSTERS – “Meat, Sustainability and Culture,” Amsterdam, October 4th, 2012

Amsterdam, 4th October 2012, 13h – 17.15h at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), VU University.

Current Western food consumption patterns are associated with ecological, social, and human health issues.  Particularly, the excessive consumption of foods derived from animals stands out as problematic.  The fact that diets have to change into a more sustainable direction is generally agreed upon.  However, a shared vision of a sustainable and desirable society to support these changes is missing.  Therefore, solutions need to be sought also in the realm of food culture and related values and worldviews.

This workshop is meant to investigate the interactions between food culture and a more sustainable diet.  It aims to identify cultural leverages that can stimulate consumption patterns featuring higher quality meat, smaller portions or more vegetarian meals.  We encourage also interdisciplinary perspectives.


  • 13.00h Reception
  • 13.15 -13.30h opening Jan Boersema (IVM)
  • 13.30 -14.00h Cor van der Weele, Wageningen University (commentary Mara Miele)
  • 14.00 – 14.30h Jesper Lassen: “Towards a sustainable diet? Report from a nation of meat-eaters!” Copenhagen University (commentary Cor van der Weele)
  • 14.30- 15.00h Mara Miele, Cardiff University: Enacting animal welfare, promoting sustainable animal farming practices? (commentary Jesper Lassen)
  • 15.00 – 16.00h poster presentations and coffee/tea break
  • 16.00 – 16.30h Harry Aiking, IVM, Amsterdam: “Protein is pivotal in resource efficiency and diet diversity” (commentary F.-T. Gottwald)
  • 16.30 – 17.00 F.-T. Gottwald: “Which kind of meat consumption is ethically justifiable? Case Studies, Best Practice and Projects made in Germany” (commentary Harry Aiking)

For more information about the program please email the organizer Hanna Schösler,  Participation is free of charge, but please let us know that you will be attending.  You can register with Dr. Eleftheria Vasileiadou,, +31-20-5989578

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