Developing the meat grab

Mindi Schneider*

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'Meat grabbing' describes actually existing land deals undertaken for industrial meat production, either directly in the form of animal housing and stocking (confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs), or indirectly in the form of monocrop grain and oilseed production for livestock feed. Meat grabbing is also a concept for analyzing the relationships between industrial meat regimes, food security politics and the global land rush, relationships which have not yet been sufficiently considered in research or in policy. Using China's reform-era meat revolution as an analytical case, this paper proposes meat grabbing as a concept with three broad goals: (1) to show how industrial meat complicates notions of food security and of food security land grabs, (2) to incorporate social inequalities and environmental injustices into the conceptualization and measurement of land deals and (3) to expand dispossession's domain to include relationships between people and agroecosystems. This is an initial exploration of the content and framing of meat grabs, intended to synthesize its core features and raise questions for further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613-633
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • China
  • food security
  • industrial livestock
  • land grabbing
  • meatification


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