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Meatonomics : How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Sma
by David Robinson Simon


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Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways.

Most importantly, we've lost the ability to decide for ourselves what - and how much - to eat.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways.

Most importantly, we've lost the ability to decide for ourselves what - and how much - to eat. Those decisions are made for us by animal food producers who control our buying choices with artificially-low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation. Learn how and why they do it and how you can respond.

Written in a clear and accessible style, "Meatonomics" provides vital insight into how the economics of animal food production influence our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity

"Meatonomics" is the first book to add up the huge "externalized" costs that the animal food system imposes on taxpayers, animals and the environment, and it finds these costs total about $414 billion yearly. With yearly retail sales of around $250 billion, that means that for every $1 of product they sell, meat and dairy producers impose almost $2 in hidden costs on the rest of us. But if producers were forced to internalize these costs, a $4 Big Mac would cost about $11.

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781573246200
  • ISBN-10: 1573246204
  • Publisher: Conari Press
  • Publish Date: September 2013
  • Page Count: 289
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6.05 x 0.94 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.99 pounds


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Books > Health & Fitness > Diet & Nutrition - General
Books > Social Science > Agriculture & Food
Books > Business & Economics > Industries - Agribusiness

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-07-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this provocative and persuasive work, veganism advocate Simon argues for eating less meat and dairy (or giving it up altogether) as a means of fixing the broken American meat market, in which farmers regularly spend more than their animals’ value, but still come out on top thanks to more than billion in annual subsidies. Simon wastes no time getting into explanations of serious economics and skillfully explains terms like “externalities” for the general reader. As he questions the deep ties between America’s meat industry and government regulators, readers will be hard-pressed not to wonder if something sinister is playing out in America’s farms and grocery stores. The bulk of the book is devoted to illustrating the enormous gap between the actual price of meat and the true cost in terms of economics, the environment, and health. Even though the horrors of factory farming are well known, the specific practices discussed here will inspire renewed outrage. Although the author’s largest suggestion for a “recipe for change” is a stretch (a 50% federal excise tax on meat and poultry, dairy, eggs, and fish), this is a well-researched, passionately written book. Agent: Lindsay Edgecombe, Levine Greenberg Agency. (Oct.)

 
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