Human consumption of animals is a major driver of climate change. Emissions from global livestock comprise more than 14% of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions. Much of these emissions come from pigs and especially beef, consistently the most carbon intensive food in our diets. Reducing meat consumption is thus a crucial component of efforts to mitigate climate change. Reducing consumption of meat is also likely to have health co-benefits, as consumption of processed and red meats is consistently associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and some cancers.
The overall objective of the Postdoc is to determine the impact of decreases in consumption of red meat on type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer incidence in the United States.
The Postdoc will be part of the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security (GAAFS) at the University of Edinburgh. GAAFS is an interdisciplinary hub of expertise to support the transformation of agri-food systems though agenda-setting, research, teaching and translation to policy and practice. The Postdoc will work with Dr Lindsay Jaacks and Dr Peter Alexander in GAAFS, and the Co-PI of the project at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill – Dr Lindsey Smith Taillie.
Link to Posting: Chronic Disease Microsimulation Postdoctoral Researcher
Position Type: Postdoctoral
Position Location: Midlothian, United Kingdom