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Grazed and confused?

This work seeks to provide clarity to the often highly polarised debate around livestock production and consumption, and the merits or otherwise of different production systems. At its most extreme, we see an opposition between those who view grazing ruminants as cause of (most of) our planetary woes, and those who believe the exact opposite, arguing that ‘grassfed’ cattle offer a route to environmental – including climatic – salvation. Of course most people do not hold these extreme views but many, including those with influence, are also somewhat confused. Should we eat meat and other animal products? Or should we not? If we do, is beef bad and chicken better? Or is it the other way round? Is grassfed good for the planet or bad?