Meat as development: political, economic, and cultural dimensions of meat demand in emerging countries

Panel Session: 1121 Meat as development: political, economic, and cultural dimensions of meat demand in emerging countries

Tuesday, 4/21/2015, from 8:00 AM - 9:40 AM in Grand B, Hyatt, East Tower, Gold Level

Influential explanations on rising meat consumption ("livestock revolution,"  "nutrition transition," "hamburger connection") assert a correlation between meat demand and rising income.   This panel begins with the premise that the concept of demand requires elaboration in order to comprehend increasing global meat consumption and associated environmental and health impacts.  Researchers with different disciplinary approaches and regional foci will discuss the political economic processes and cultural considerations that contribute to demand in the emerging countries of Brazil and China.  The aim of this panel is to begin to build toward an enhanced understanding of the factors that structure the demand for meat in emerging countries and to better understand the material and discursive dimensions of development as revealed through meat.

Susanna Hecht - University of California Los Angeles,

Jeffrey Hoelle - University of California - Santa Barbara,

David Lopez-Carr - University of California - Santa Barbara,

Mindi Schneider - International Institute of Social Studies (ISS),

James L. Watson - Harvard University,

Tony Weis - UWO