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Workshop “Eating Meat 2019 - Determinants, consequences and interventions”

DatesOctober 08, 2019 - October 09, 2019
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October 08, 2019 Open Details
October 09, 2019 Open Details

Workshop “Eating Meat 2019 - Determinants, consequences and interventions”

Industrialized countries have high levels of meat and dairy consumption. Recently, the rising middle classes in emerging countries are catching up, eating an increasing volume of meat and other processed animal products. Currently, around 70% of agricultural land and 30% of the global land surface are used for animal production, and this has serious implications for life on Earth. The production and consumption of meat and dairy are not only depleting and polluting the world’s freshwater resources, but also contributing to climate change. It is estimated that around 18% of global emissions are attributable to livestock. Moreover, livestock production is often associated with dismal living conditions for the animals and, therefore, consumption of animal products can be viewed as a morally problematic activity.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together scholars from the social sciences working on the various aspects of human consumption of animal products. We want to engage in a discussion about what we know and do not know about the consumption of meat and dairy, its economic and environmental consequences, as well as possible ways to design effective interventions. Topics include, but are not limited to, psychological aspects of why humans eat (or do not eat) meat, the economic analyses of information effects and other interventions on the consumption of animal products, and the evaluations of regulatory instruments like taxes. The workshop will take place October 8-9, 2019, at DIW Berlin.

Program: Please find the program here.

Confirmed participants: Celine Bonnet, João Graça, Laura Einhorn, Nina Hestermann, Yves Le Yaouanq, Stefan Penczynski, Marco Springmann, Nora Szech, Joshua Tasoff, and Nicolas Treich.


We invite submissions of both empirical and theoretical social science that fit the workshop’s theme. Please submit your full paper or an extended abstract to EatingMeat2019(at) by July 28, 2019. Notifications will be sent by August 12, 2019.

In addition, there are a limited number of slots for researchers who want to participate without presenting a paper. If you would like to do so, please send an e-mail to EatingMeat2019(at) including a brief motivation and indicate whether you are willing to act as a discussant.

We have limited funds available for travel and accommodation costs of speakers and discussants. Please indicate in your e-mail whether you will be able to cover your own travel costs or whether you will require funding.

Organizers: Jana Friedrichsen, Manja Gärtner, Renke Schmacker (DIW) and Steffen Huck (WZB)

Funding from the Leibnizgemeinschaft through the project “Global Food Markets: Global Food Security – Challenge for Production and Consumption” is gratefully acknowledged.