Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Lunch Seminar

Drivers of meat consumption

CET is happy to announce the upcoming seminar with Anna Birgitte Milford from Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) on Wednesday the 9th of January at 12.15 - 13:00.

Cow in fields
Noal feilds family (CC BY 2.0)

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Increasing global levels of meat consumption are a threat to the environment and to human health. In order to identify possible measures that may change consumption patterns towards more plant based foods, it is necessary to increase our understanding of the causes behind the growing demand for meat. A cross-country OLS regression analysis with 138 countries is used to estimate the coefficients for a range of variables identified in previous studies as factors correlated with meat consumption levels. The study finds that both economic factors such as income and price, natural conditions such as climate, and social factors such as female participation and religion, are of importance. The results indicate that there is some room for policy interventions to slow down further global meat demand.

There will also be a brief presentation of a study of the implementation of Meatless Monday in the Norwegian Armed Forces, looking both at the implementation process and the impact of the scheme on soldier attitudes.

Anna Birgitte Milford has a PhD in Economics from NHH, and has since 2010 worked for the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy research (NIBIO) at their office in Bergen. Her work is mainly on plant based production and consumption, with a particular focus on climate friendly diets and organic and pesticide reduced production.

Open for anyone interested! Please share in your networks to people interested in this week’s topic.  

Lunch will be served, so please let us know if you are coming by sending an e-mail to Judith.Dalsgard@uib.no