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A Carnivore's Crisis with Rachel Khoo

By: Rachel Khoo, Nicola Harvey
Narrated by: Rachel Khoo
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  • Wrestling with your conscience when you have a burger? Concerned that you should switch to almond milk lattes? Rachel Khoo is worried too. The chef and broadcaster trained in French cuisine and her career has been built on the motto: “Butter makes everything better.” But all this talk about veganism has started getting to her. Should she change her cooking, her eating and her lifestyle to stop global warming?

    Khoo meets farmers, activists, chefs and academics to ask whether beef and dairy really need to die in order for the planet to live, and whether she needs to go vegan to do her bit for the planet. She marches through the battle lines – vegan versus meat eater; plants versus cows; farmers versus the world – to sift truth from propaganda. Khoo sees big corporations pulling the strings in our global food system, which makes her wonder how responsibility for this problem has ended up in the kitchen of time-and-cash-strapped families.

    Join this carnivore in crisis as she journeys through the facts and fury of the vegan debate.

    This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. 

    ©2020 Pipi Films Ltd (P)2020 Audible Australia Pty Ltd
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Episodes
  • Ep. 1: Battlelines
    Jul 26 2020

    Cook and author Rachel Khoo’s motto is butter makes everything better. So the news that cows are destroying the planet has come as quite an affront. Rachel cares as much about a healthy environment as she does a delicious croissant. Yet suddenly she’s being asked to choose: plants or cows. To find out if a switch to veganism can really slow global warming, Rachel meets the devoted animal campaigners fueling the fight... Will they convince her to go vegan to help save the planet?

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    26 mins
  • Ep. 2: A Tale of Two Tables
    Jul 26 2020

    Contemplating a switch to veganism Rachel Khoo asks what we risk losing if we start to reject food for the planet’s sake. What if veganism destroys more than it saves? In the Tale of Two Tables, Rachel meets a dairy farmer, a burger cook, and a Michelin-starred vegan chef who are prioritising the environment above all else.

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    33 mins
  • Ep. 3: The Hunt
    Jul 26 2020

    Chef and author Rachel Khoo remains unconvinced that embracing a vegan diet is the only way to help save the planet. So she considers the merits of sourcing one’s own meat... from the wild.

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    28 mins

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Loved This!!

Absolutely enjoyed this! It was so informative and it really gave a fair all round view of the issue. I liked that it explored all sides of the argument. I learnt alot and have started applying some of what I learnt from this, in my own life. I'd love to hear a second season expanding even further!

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Interesting listen!

I enjoyed the unbiased nature of this podcast. Very informative and let's you draw your own conclusions.

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Worth your time

informative and easy to listen to, highly recommended if you want to hear both sides

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Essential listening.

An intelligent, thought-provoking and comprehensively researched podcast which prompts us to start a conversation about not only our food choices, but how food is produced. In an unbiased way, it reminds us that land stewardship is our collective responsibility and that all life forms have a role to play in order for our ecosystems to thrive. It is informative, challenging and objective - essential listening.

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Well worth a listen

Very interesting and thought provoking. Well narrated with lots of interesting and diverse points of view.

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SO, it's complicated...

An interesting look from Rachel's, point-of-view, given, of the global shift as speedy adaptation of vast portions of the populatio to plant based eating. As she puts it "she has skin in the game" and has built a career on advocating cooking and eating the foods we're now being asked by the UN, scientists and researchers to steer away from. I enjoyed the conversations about biodiversity, wilding, enlightened and stewardship agricultural farming. Rachel's advocating that as consumers, though it can be confusing, it's up to us the exercise our right to choose enmasse which will in affect drive down demand enabling better farming practices to become more widespread and financially viable. I.E. we have the power to affect change and the UN's call to minimise animal product consumption particularly factory farmed products will help. Aside from the moral and ethical debate around 'taking a life to sustain a life' being unnecessary, Rachel tackling the 'bigger' issue - currently at hand - of the negative environmental impact of colonial and more recently industrialised animal farming is having, was good to listen to. Since most of us are by now abundantly aware of how out of balance humanity is with nature and the planet, I admire her choice to turn back the clock and return to her Grandmothers era of eating & acknowledging she plans to start eating majority plant based interspersed with minimal but high quality and ethical and sustainably sourced animal products. Her reaffirmation that processed food is still an unwise choice, even if plant based. Despite the global environmental benefits. That was food for thought. This was an informative and enjoyable series. Listening to Rachel's Carnivore in Crisis journey was enlightening. She aired and mirrored many of my concerns over this debate. 'With great power comes great responsibility'.

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Brings forward the very layered issue

This podcast was really interesting and brought forth the issues agriculture is actually causing but also looks at why it is causing and how can be fixed. This particular topic is rarely looked at from a mainstream view and it is an important one as it shows that simply going vegan is not necessarily going to fix the planet when the very farming methods are trying the earth too. While it is a very tailored view towards finding reasons not to give up dairy and meat (and I am so for it and it is why I listened as I can't give up those two things either) it still wasn't scared of asking the questions all omnivores cringe away from. completely recommend!

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Great series presenting diff sides of the argument

A Carnivores Crisis is presented by a chef and food writer and covers the good, bad and ugly points about whether or not becoming vegan/vegetarian is good for the planet. The series is balanced and covers lots of points of view by interviewing experts.

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  • 20-11-2020

Inspiring

Definitely leaves a lot to think about. The series sticks to topic and never forces an opinion nor manipulates you, which is exactly what the world needs - open discussion.

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Excellent food for thought!

In the past five years, I've been vegetarian, vegan(ish), and a meat-eater. At every junction, I've tried my best to process the complicated feelings I have about the way I—and the rest of the world—consume meat and dairy, and all the things that influence our choices. This podcast interrogates every one of these influences from culture, to sustainability, to health and nutrition, to animal cruelty in a thoughtful, practical, and judgement-free way. I appreciate the care and research that went into every episode and though I still haven't decided where I land within the meat-eating debate, this podcast has reminded me why it's such a personal and incredibly complex decision. Highly recommend!

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