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Knotty objects: steak

3 minutes

Why finding creative ways to end our reliance on meat may be a moral imperative.

‘Where meat was once bound to the moral act of killing, it is now bound only to the market.’

While meat has played a vital part in the development of the human brain, according to the US author Harold McGee, our dependence on it could also be our undoing. The rise of meat production and consumption is proving environmentally disastrous, contributing heavily to water shortages, pollution and global warming. Knotty Objects: Steak is a brief plunge into the moral complexities of eating meat in the 21st century and some creative solutions that could help us overcome our inborn desire to eat animals.

Director: Jordan Fish

Producer: Jonathan Figueroa

Website: MIT Media LabM ss ng P eces

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