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Manchester Evening News - - TODAY’S TV - With Anne Richard­son

YOU don’t have to be Greta Thun­berg or David At­ten­bor­ough to know that we’re cur­rently fac­ing an en­vi­ron­men­tal cri­sis.

Cli­mate change and its ef­fects are vis­i­ble ev­ery day. But what you might not be aware of is that one of the big­gest con­tribut­ing fac­tors to the mess the planet is in is meat.

This fas­ci­nat­ing and some­what hor­ri­fy­ing doc­u­men­tary fronted by science and wildlife pre­sen­ter Liz Bon­nin, fol­low­ing on from last year’s Drown­ing in Plas­tic, shows just what im­pact our fond­ness for eat­ing flesh has on the planet as a whole. And it’s se­ri­ously eye-open­ing, jaw­drop­ping stuff.

The sta­tis­tics alone are stag­ger­ing: ev­ery year we con­sume an in­cred­i­ble 65 bil­lion an­i­mals. And it’s not just the space these an­i­mals oc­cupy, al­though that’s the sin­gle big­gest con­tribut­ing fac­tor to de­for­esta­tion in the Ama­zon rain­for­est.

It’s also what hap­pens to the waste prod­ucts these vast num­bers of crea­tures pro­duce, which can pol­lute wa­ter­ways and re­sult in huge in­creases of toxic green­house gases.

Or the re­sult­ing ef­fects hav­ing to find food sources to fat­ten all these an­i­mals up has on other wildlife, like the nowen­dan­gered African pen­guin.

How­ever, we also see the work be­ing done by peo­ple to try and coun­ter­act these prob­lems and find fu­ture-proof solutions.

Liz is open about be­ing a car­ni­vore her­self, but it be­comes clear that mak­ing the doc­u­men­tary may af­fect that de­ci­sion. As it may well for view­ers.

MEAT: A THREAT TO OUR PLANET? BBC1, 9pm

Liz Bon­nin inside Europe’s big­gest pig abat­toir in Den­mark

Liz with cows go­ing through a sea­weed feed trial at Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis

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