Meat: A Benign Extravagance
Meat: A Benign Extravagance is a groundbreaking exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical and health issues surrounding the human consumption of animals. Garnering huge praise in the UK, this is a book that answers the question: should we be farming animals, or not? Not a simple answer, but one that takes all views on meat eating into account. It lays out in detail the reasons why we must indeed decrease the amount of meat we eat, both for the planet and for ourselves, and yet explores how different forms of agriculture--including livestock--shape our landscape and culture.
At the heart of this book, Simon Fairlie argues that society needs to re-orient itself back to the land, both physically and spiritually, and explains why an agriculture that can most readily achieve this is one that includes a measure of livestock farming. It is a well-researched look at agricultural and environmental theory from a fabulous writer and a farmer, and is sure to take off where other books on vegetarianism and veganism have fallen short in their global scope.
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Within the first few chapters I thought that this book might become one of those that I proselytise for; at the end of it, I find myself fighting the urge to order ten more copies so I can pass them ... Read full review
This book is, in essence, self published. It is poorly written, nearly incoherent, and seems to be mainly a reprinting of several (only vaguely) related essays. Also, as far as I can tell, Mr. Fairlie has no real expertise in this areas--he's not a scientist, does not have a PhD, I cannot even tell if he has any higher education, etc. Finally, the research itself is, at times, inaccurate. This is not to say that this text is completely without worth (for example the discussion about the amount water used to produce a pound of beef is an interesting chapter). But, overall, I'd pass.
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