Brighter Green examines the globalization of industrial animal agriculture in Brazil, China, Ethiopia, and India through the lens of climate change. We document the emergence of industrialized dairy in Asia, and explore the environmental, food security, equity, livelihood, and animal welfare impacts of these phenomena. Our country case studies include policy papers, two-page policy briefs, and documentary videos outlining the key issues covered in each policy paper. Materials in Portuguese, Chinese, and Amharic are also available.
- Cattle, Soyanization, and Climate Change: Brazil’s Agricultural Revolution [Full] [Brief] [Video] How will Brazil protect its forests, grasslands, and biodiversity and meet climate-change goals at the same time it produces, consumes, and exports more meat, dairy products, and soybeans. How will it address the economic and social inequality created by the industrialization of agriculture? Portuguese versions: [Brief] [Video].
- Skillful Means: The Challenges of China’s Encounter with Factory Farming [Full] [Brief] [Video] The paper examines in detail the ecological, economic, public health, and animal welfare consequences of China’s adopting the Western industrial meat production model. Chinese versions: [Full] [Brief] [Video].
- Climate, Livelihood Security, & Growth: Ethiopia’s Complex Relationship with Livestock [Full] [Brief] [Video] Can Ethiopia—Africa’s largest livestock producer and exporter—industrialize its livestock sector without derailing development prospects for the large number of its people without access to good soils, grazing land, and water, who depend on food aid, and struggle with the effects of drought? Amharic versions: [Brief] [Video].
- Veg or Non-Veg? India at the Crossroads [Full] [Brief] [Video] Ethical vegetarianism has a several-thousand-year history in India, but more than half of India’s 1.2 billion people now consider themselves omnivores. A booming middle class is driving up demand for meat, eggs, and dairy products; however, hundreds of millions of Indians are undernourished. How should India apportion its natural capital to ensure food security and sound nutrition?
- Beyond the Pail: The Emergence of Industrialized Dairy Systems in Asia [Full] [Brief] This paper investigates the impact of increased dairy consumption and production in India, China, and Southeast Asia. It analyzes case studies in Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Brighter Green also has two discussion papers entitled Chronic Disease, Changing Diets, and Sustainability: The Globalization of Western-style Eating and Its Implications [Full] and The Triangle: The Evolution and Future of Industrial Animal Agriculture in the U.S. China, and Brazil [Full] [Brief]. Chinese versions: [Full] [Brief].
In addition, Brighter Green has partnered with the Global Forest Coalition on a number of publications and articles, which can be found on this page.
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