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The Meat Paradox with Rob Percival

Thursday October 26th
Doors & drinks 6.30pm; Talk starts 7pm

As the ecological emergency has escalated, the consumption of meat, dairy and animal foods has fallen under the spotlight. Should we all go vegan? Are organic and regenerative farming the answer? And why is the ‘meat debate’ so polarised and so heated?

Rob Percival, author of The Meat Paradox: Eating, Empathy and the Future of Meat, will talk about the evolutionary roots of our conflicted relationship with the animals we consume. Journeying from the Palaeolithic, through the Arctic and Amazon, onto modern day farms and slaughterhouses, he'll trace a thread of dissonant emotions, rooted in the conflict between our empathy and our eating.

Rob will argue that the roots of our modern omnivorous malaise run deep. If we want to re-orient our destructive diets and relationship with the animal world, we need to understand what sort of animal we are; the events that led to our becoming the most peculiar of creatures: a predator inclined to empathise with its prey.

Kairos, 84 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TG

Doors open at 6.30pm for drinks. The talk will start at 7pm followed by a one-pot vegan supper and discussion.

£8 members, £15 non-members. Includes food.