Gut feelings and possible tomorrows: (where) does animal farming fit?
This publication (PDF) by the Food Climate Research Network (FCRN) focuses on the future of livestock production or rather on a range of different livestock futures. This paper takes a closer look at who the stakeholders are in the debate around livestock, the different narratives that they construct about the livestock problem and the solutions they propose. It does this by constructing four scenarios, each of which imagines a different livestock ‘solution,’ and explores the values that underpin them: 1) What might happen if the world were really like this?; 2) How is success defined in these futures; 3) What sort of dynamic tensions might start to manifest themselves; and 4) What new problems might emerge? The final part of the paper focuses on this ‘so what?’ question and makes the case for more self-critical, exploratory approaches to research, policy and advocacy.