Germany's meat industry kills over 750 million animals per year, with dire consequences for the environment. Meat eaters Neil King and Gabriel Borrud face uncomfortable truths as they seek ways out of the meat paradox.
Series 3: Breaking down the 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.
Episode 1: 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.
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Gabriel Borrud was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and after hanging up his golf clubs and dashed dreams of going pro, he attended Yale University. He studied philosophy and German and following graduation, he set off for the land of "Dichter und Denker".
Gabriel joined DW in 2008 and has worked as a reporter for radio and online ever since.
Neil King was born to British parents in southern Germany. He studied journalism and history in Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. Neil has worked as a reporter, host and editor for DW since 2007. He joined the environment section in 2019.
Neil and Gabriel have won international radio and podcast awards for their work.
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