Season 3 – Breaking down Germany’s meat machine. Neil and Gabe try to shed light on the clandestine world of industrial meat production. Repulsed by what they discover, they look for ways out of the inexorable conflict that is our desire for cheap meat. They meet up with a mobile butcher for the “humane slaughter” of two calves, a huntress who will only eat animals killed in the wild, a vegan strongman who swears by plant protein and a vegetarian priest who is polarizing his flock. Join Neil and Gabe on a journey that has the potential to change them forever.
S3E2: Can you be a good Christian and eat meat?
As the proverb goes, man is at the top of the food chain. Does that give us the right to kill animals? Rainer Hagencord, a vegetarian priest located in the Silicon Valley of German meat production, preaches against this. His exegesis of the Bible is plunging devout Christians into existential crisis. Some are leaving the church. Others welcome him as a prophetic voice the region deeply needs.
S3E1: How to kill an animal humanely
No transport, no suffering: Farmers Michael and Tina Jansen dignify the lives - and death - of their animals. That's why they've sought out mobile butcher Matthias Kürten. He takes his slaughterhouse on wheels to 300 farms each year. Neil and Gabe head to the Jansen homestead and connect with two calves about to be slaughtered. They're going to learn firsthand where meat comes from.
S3: Prologue - Breaking down Germany's meat machine
Germany's meat industry slaughters over 750 million animals per year, with dire consequences for the environment. After Neil and Gabe's requests to visit meat packing plants are blocked, they talk to both a former food inspector as well as an animal rights activist with a nationwide network of whistleblowers to get the inside story. Their message? Germany's meat industry is out of control.
S2E6: Change is only possible with the crowd
British social psychologist Steve Reicher believes that all social change happens through the collective. Human beings all over the planet endured a serious infringement of their private rights when governments made the decision to lock down amid the COVID-19 crisis. For the most part, there was consensus that this tough decision was correct. But how was that consensus established?
S2E5: Changing the grammar of our behavior
Why can’t we just change? Germany's leading philosopher Peter Sloterdijk believes that question is at the heart of the climate change conundrum. When the coronavirus pandemic spread across the world, the response by governments was immediate. So there is proof that sweeping change on a global scale is possible. Does this provide the precedent for us to avert the looming climate catastrophe?
S2E2: The Holocene strikes back
Indian environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev explains in this podcast why our interconnectedness with wildlife is central, even though the exact origin of the coronavirus remains disputed. It's brought our world to a virtual standstill - and there are dozens of other pathogens waiting in line for their turn in the viral limelight. Is the Holocene striking back?
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I’ve hungrily gone through Season 2 then 1. It’s August 2020, when can we see a restart for Season 3? So current and vital for our future!!!
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