The meat of the matter: can we choose to reduce our meat consumption?

09 July 2023 13:00 - 13:30 The Royal Society Free
Photograph of meat on a barbeque and vegetables on skewers.

This event is part of the Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2023.

Most people in the UK know that eating meat has profound negative impacts, both on your health and the environment, and many want to cut back – but why do so few manage to do so?

In this thought-provoking talk, eating behaviour scientist, Dr Elisa Becker (from the Meat Your Persona team), tackles the complex challenge of reducing meat consumption. She explains why even well-intentioned individuals struggle to change their diets, dispelling the notion that humans are solely driven by reason.

Dr Becker sheds light on why many interventions have failed to curb meat intake, highlighting the limitations of traditional approaches. Drawing from research studies as well as real-world examples, she unveils innovative interventions that have shown promise in reshaping food choices.

She concludes with some practical suggestions you can follow if you are trying but struggling to reduce your meat intake – do try this at home!

Attending the event

This talk will take place in the Kohn Centre room on Sunday 9 July 2023, 1pm — 1.20pm

  • Free to attend
  • In person only
  • No registration required
  • Suitable for everyone
  • Travel and accessibility information - contact us directly to arrange any specific accessibility requirements
  • Food and drink will be available for purchase at our onsite café

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