Livestock, Environment and People Conference, Oxford

Wednesday 07 November 2018

St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS

Current worldwide food consumption practices are unsustainable. In particular, the food system is responsible for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, while unhealthy diets and excess body weight are among the greatest contributors to premature mortality.

The LEAP conference, sponsored by the Wellcome Trust Our Planet Our Health initiative, will bring together researchers working on multiple aspects of meat and dairy production and consumption to consider its effects on population health, the economy, society and the environment. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for the presentation of recent multidisciplinary research and build a community of researchers in this field to share evidence and tools to inform action.

The day will include two plenary speakers, contributed talks, and a poster session. In addition, we will provide a forum for people to maintain contact after the meeting and plan for this to be an annual event.

Keynote speakers

Professor Dame Theresa Marteau DBE, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Tim Benton, Dean of Strategic Research Initiatives at the University of Leeds.

Registration is now closed 

If you would like to be put on the waiting list or for further information please contact the LEAP project manager Dr Kelly Reed (


Conference at a glance

09:15 – 10:00

Registration, coffee/tea [Ruth Deech Building, St Anne’s College, Oxford]

10:00 – 10:15

Welcome: Prof Sir Charles Godfray , LEAP Co-director [Mary Oglivie Lecture Theatre]

10:15 – 11:00

Plenary session: Prof Tim Benton, University of Leeds [Mary Oglivie Lecture Theatre]

Chair: Prof Sir Charles Godfray

11:00 – 11:25

Refreshments and networking [Ruth Deech Building]

11:25 – 13:00

Session 1A) Chair: Prof Jim Hall [Ruth Deech Building]

Climate metrics and ruminant livestock

John Lynch & Raymond Pierrehumbert (University of Oxford)

High-resolution mapping of the environmental impacts embedded in international livestock supply chains

Erasmus zu Ermgassen (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Managing large herbivores for biodiversity, food security and broader sustainability

Rachael Durrant and Nicholas Balfour (University of Sussex)

Food over Forages: Improved Arable Cropland Usage for Food Security and Dietary Diversity

Matthew N. Hayek (Harvard University)

Land, water, greenhouse gas and fertilizer intensities of plant- and animal-based food production worldwide

Carole Dalin (University College London)

The water footprint of animal source foods in India

Francesca Harris (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Session 2A) Chair: Prof Tim Key [Ruth Deech Building]

Impact of changing meal position and increasing vegetarian availability on vegetarian sales: observational and experimental field studies

Emma Garnett (University of Cambridge)

Effects of substituting plant foods for red and processed meat on ischemic heart disease risk

Paul N Appleby, Tammy YN Tong, Aurora Perez-Cornago, and Timothy J Key (University of Oxford)

Red and processed meat, dairy product consumption and weight change over 14 years in EPIC Oxford

Anika Knüppel, Paul N. Appleby, Timothy J. Key (University of Oxford)

Dietary Patterns in India: Health and environmental impacts of meat and dairy consumption

Rosie Green (LSHTM)

“Has anyone felt sort of ashamed to say they’re vegetarian?” Men’s experiences of eating less or no meat

Emma Roe and Paul Hurley (University of Southampton)

Differences in drivers of food choice and attitudes toward environmental policies between meat reducers and meat eaters: results from a nationwide cross-sectional survey

Christina Potter, Brian Cook, Filippo Bianchi, Paul Aveyard, & Susan A. Jebb (University of Oxford)


13:00 – 14:00

Lunch and Poster viewing [Ruth Deech Building]

14:00 – 15:35

Session 1B) Chair: Dr Peter Scarborough [Ruth Deech Building]

What are the environmental and monetary costs of different protein-rich foods?

Imogen Cripps (University of Cambridge)

Towards a sustainable and healthy animal source food system for South Africa

Kevin Queenan1, Nafiisa Sobratee2, Rashieda Davids2, Tafadzwanashe Mabhaudhi2, Michael Chimonyo2, Rob Slotow2, Bhavani Shankar3, Barbara Häsler1 (1RVC, 2University of KwaZulu-Natal, 3SOAS)

Urban food governance and the de-animalisation of the food system

Carol Morris (University of Nottingham) and Minna Kaljonen, (Finnish Environment Institute)

Misconceptions surrounding the role of methane in New Zealand’s impact on global climate

Michelle Cain, Myles Allen, John Lynch (University of Oxford)

A three-step strategy for including animal to plant-sourced protein shifts in climate change mitigation policy

Helen Harwatt (Harvard University)

Public regulation, cap and animal welfare: a new challenge towards the promotion of human health, animal welfare and environmental sustainability against climate change

Carla Campanaro (Oxford University; Sapienza University of Rome) and Giovanni Antonelli (George Washington University; Sapienza University of Rome)

Session 2B) Chair: Dr Jamie Lorimer [Ruth Deech Building]

Western public resistance to insects as food: Why negative media representations aren’t to blame

Jonas House (Wageningen University)

Framing the future of food: The contested promises of alternative proteins

Alexandra Sexton (University of Oxford)

From dull to desirable?: Ethical reflections upon the reframing of veganism as an aspirational cultural practice in the context of climate change

Julie Doyle (University of Brighton)

Assessing and Reducing the Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Land Use of Catered Meals

Anya Doherty (University of Cambridge)

Realistic dietary changes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in India: a modelling study

Ankita Gupta (University of East Anglia)

Animal agriculture and climate change in the media

Silje Kristiansen (Northeastern University) and James Painter (University of Oxford)


15:35 – 16:00

Refreshments, networking and poster viewing [Ruth Deech Building]

16:00 – 16.45

Plenary session: [Mary Oglivie Lecture Theatre]

Prof Dame Theresa Marteau DBE, Director of the Behaviour and Health Research Unit, University of Cambridge.

Chair: Prof Susan Jebb, LEAP Co-director

16:45 – 18:00

Poster Session and Drinks reception [Ruth Deech Building]



* Please note that this conference is not part of the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership