Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much by David Robinson Simon
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Americans eat a lot of meat. In fact, our meat consumption has nearly doubled over the last century. Why? In large part because it’s cheaper than ever. But why is it so cheap and what are the consequences of our meat habit? These are the questions underlying this thoroughly researched audiobook. “Meatonomics will grab you and not let you go. [It is] a book that liberates as it illuminates.” —Will Tuttle, PhD, author of The World Peace Diet David Robinson Simon, an attorney and prominent advocate for sustainable consumption, looks at how the animal foods industry has rigged the game with artificially low prices. And the tremendous price we pay—to our health, the environment, the welfare of animals, and elsewhere—for all this meat. By peeling away all the layers of the onion, Simon calculates that these hidden costs are offloaded onto society to the tune of $414 billion every year. Were you to pay the true cost, a fast-food hamburger would set you back about $11 and a carton of organic eggs $13. And you might look to more affordable, plant-based sources for good food. Simon proposes new food policies as well as better personal choices, illustrating amply that every time you say no to the animal foods industry, you are choosing: • a lighter ecological footprint • healthier communities and happier animals • a slimmer waistline • and more money in your pocket. “If you eat meat, you owe it to your body and your planet to read this book.” —Rory Freedman, co-author of the Skinny Bitch books