THE ECONOMIC PAMPHLETEER: Indigenous Wisdom and the Sovereignty to Eat Meat


  • John Ikerd University of Missouri, Columbia



Indigenous Food Systems, Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Meat-Based Diet, Livestock, Animal Agriculture, Food Sovereignty


First paragraph:

Growing concerns about global climate change have rekindled an age-old controversy about eating meat (Carrington, 2018). Animal agriculture is frequently indicted as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. However, animal agri­culture is not without defenders, including those who claim that holistically managed livestock graz­ing systems could actually “reverse climate change” (Savory, 2013). Various studies suggest that the environmental impacts of food animal production differ significantly among management systems—particularly confinement versus pasture-based systems (Koneswaran & Nierenberg, 2008). Due to its complexity, this controversy will not likely be resolved by science. Instead, the wisdom of Indige­nous peoples may prove more useful in deciding whether to eat or not eat meat. . . .

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Author Biography

John Ikerd, University of Missouri, Columbia

Professor emeritus of agricultural econom­ics



How to Cite

Ikerd, J. (2019). THE ECONOMIC PAMPHLETEER: Indigenous Wisdom and the Sovereignty to Eat Meat. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(B), 5–7.

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