'Livestock are a vehicle for a better world'


Susan MacMillan knows why livestock matter. An ILRI Emeritus Fellow, she has led public awareness and advocacy communications at ILRI for nearly 33 years.

In the latest episode of The Boma, Elliot Carleton and Brenda Coromina find out how Susan went from being an Ohio native who had never even glimpsed a living cow, to becoming one of the most passionate advocates for livestock farming in developing countries today.

In a wide-ranging and informative talk she explains how the modern stigma against livestock farming in some countries was born from good intentions, her respect for vegetarians and vegans, and why livestock matter for countless people in the world today and tomorrow.

Listen to the episode to find out what Susan thinks the future of livestock will look like.


1:20   How a teacher became a science writer

3:24   Is there a stigma against livestock farming in developed countries?

6:51   How to reconcile vegetarianism and veganism with livestock      farming

13:51 How will livestock fit into Africa's future?





And Susan MacMillan and nutrition expert Lora Iannotti go deeper into the nutritional benefits of livestock-derived foods in Season 1 Episode 6 of The Boma: 'Animal-source foods for people and the planet'.

Find all podcasts here: ilri.org/podcast

Further reading:

ILRI's Jimmy Smith on the livestock controversies holding back greater use of milk, meat and eggs to nourish the undernourished

Livestock and livelihoods

Livestock and the rural poor