Each year the average North American ingests well over 200 pounds of animal protein, and the global appetite for meat has also increased dramatically. But feeding our meat addiction comes at tremendous cost. Maintaining our current level of consumption is ecologically impossible in the long-term, and undermines our personal health and community well-being.
High Steaks documents the consequences of modern, large-scale industrial meat production and excessive consumption including:
The loss of vast tracts of arable land and fresh water to intensive livestock production
Loss of biodiversity
Deforestation and accelerating climate change
The environmental and health impacts of too much animal fat and of fertilizers, antibiotics and other chemicals in our food.
Timely and compelling, this powerful book offers a modest, commonsense approach to a serious problem, suggesting strategies for all of us to cut back on our consumption of animal products and ensure that the meat we do consume is produced in a sustainable, ecologically responsible manner. At the same time, >High Steaks describes progressive food policy shifts that will discourage factory farming and encourage people to eat in ways that support ecosystems and personal health.
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What a refreshing change!
We all know we would be healthier if we ate better, less meat, more chemical free, well here’s a brilliant insight into how to do just that. However this audiobook is refreshing because it doesn’t suggest we all become vegan or vegetarian (not that there’s anything wrong with those choices), but it accepts that some people like to eat meat.
It looks very carefully, in depth, and with references to carefully researched material into how the livestock industry functions, its rules and regulations and how they have changed and are changing right now. It examines the effects the industry has, not only on environment and health, but other factors which probably one would never consider.
Ann M. Richardson narrates clearly this interesting book and makes it easier to listen to than it would be to read, I would imagine.
For a great many I am sure that much of the content of this audiobook will be a real eye-opener, however, the authors intention is to educate rather than dictate.
Although it is no light weight listen to, and it does contain some very disturbing content for animal lovers, I thought this audiobook contained numerous interesting facts and I would recommend to anyone who is really interested in what they are eating and the way it has been produced.
- Susan Keefe