Climate Change, Industrial Animal Agriculture and Complex Inequalities

By Erika Cudworth.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This paper examines changes in agricultural practices, focusing on developments in meat production. There are a number of interlinked processes and practices that will be examined: the key changes in animal food production, and the impact of very recent developments in animal food production on local, regional and global environments. The current scale of animal farming is intense, and there has been an incredible increase in the populations of farmed animals. The production of animals and animal feed crops has had a significant impact on localised food production systems, and the intensive production of stock is set to become the model for agricultural development in poor countries. Animal based food is seen as a solution to food poverty and helping to eliminate food insecurity. Yet this paper will suggest that the establishment of Western intensive production and the promotion of Western eating habits are more likely to increase social inequalities.

Keywords: Technology, Poverty, Environment, Intensive Animal Agriculture, Complex Inequalities

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.323-334. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 791.239KB).

Dr. Erika Cudworth

Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies, The University of East London, London, UK

Erika Cudworth is a senior lecurer in sociology and politics at the University of East London, UK. Her research interests include gender relations, particularly feminist political theory and the gendering of space, systems and complexity theory, and human relations with non-human ‘nature’, particularly domestic animals. She is author of Environment and Society (Routledge 2003) and Developing Ecofeminist Theory: The complexity of difference (Palgrave 2005), and is co-author of The Modern State: theories and ideologies (with Hall and McGovern, 2007).