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Study looks at 4 ways carnivores justify eating meat




A fan is seen with a beer and barbequed sausages during the Northern Football League Grand Final match between Heidelberg and Greensborough at Preston City Oval on September 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
A fan is seen with a beer and barbequed sausages during the Northern Football League Grand Final match between Heidelberg and Greensborough at Preston City Oval on September 20, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Climate change, a lack of investment in agricultural infrastructure and food wastage are a few reasons behind the persistence of global hunger.

But more and more research is pointing to the world's insatiable hunger for meat as another factor. In her book "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows," psychology Melanie Joy named three ways carnivores justify their meat consumption: that eating meat is normal, natural, and necessary. A team of researchers behind a new study published in the journal Appetite has added another N to the list: that eating meat just feels nice.  

Here to talk about the new research is one its coauthors Hanne M. Watkins, and Melanie Joy, whose book provided the foundation for the new work.

Rationalizing meat consumption. The 4Ns

Guests:

Hanne M. Watkins, co-author of the new study, “Rationalizing meat consumption. The 4Ns” published in the journal Appetite. She is a PhD candidate in social psychology at The University of Melbourne in Australia

Melanie Joy, author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism.” She is a professor of psychology and sociology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.