In Meat: A Threat to Our Planet, Liz Bonnin looks at meat from both ends of the equation – production and consumption – and asks whether the planet would be better off without it
Such as – across the world we consume a staggering 65 billion animals a year. In the last 50 years the global cattle population has increased by 400 million. The number of pigs has doubled. And the number of chickens has gone up fivefold, all this to keep up with demand for meat from humans.
In this powerful documentary, animal biologist Liz Bonnin investigates the devastating effect our meat-eating habits are having on the planet’s climate, on the quality of water and the viability of ecosystems.
She travels to the Amazon rainforest, visits an intensive US beef farm and sees what the future could hold when she meets scientists growing meat in a lab.
Essential and at times upsetting viewing, which shows how we can all help our planet by choosing to eat less meat.
TV Times rating: *****
Airs at 11.15pm in Northern Ireland