The blog post Field Notes – To Meat or Not to Meat: Balancing Global Viewpoints in Battles over Food was published on February 18, 2020 by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Read the original story at https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/blog/global-food-thought.
A child who grows up near a US supermarket has a completely different experience with food than a child who grows up near a goat in an African or Asian village. The first child and her family experience seemingly endless choices and combinations of foods and supplements to meet their needs for nourishment, whereas the child near a goat experiences poverty and scarcity. In her diet, there are few types of food and few alternatives. Goat’s meat and milk may be the only sources of many essential nutrients in her village.
The girl of Many Foods—let’s call her Amy—has access to a plethora of eye-catching meat and milk alternatives. The girl of Few Foods—let’s call her Amina—does not. She probably lives in the Southern hemisphere and very likely suffers from undernutrition. Both girls deserve attention in today’s debates about what people should be eating. Regrettably, the Aminas of the developing world are often forgotten in the sustainability debates in high-income countries.