Meatonomics

  • by David Robinson Simon
  • Narrated by Christopher Lane
  • 9 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook 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.

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great book


this book has a lot of good information. it covered many interesting facets of the meat and fish industry too. not just economics but cruelty, environmental, and health reasons we should quit eating meat. a very informational and entertaining book.
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- DIY manAmazon Customer "I am man who likes to learn either by reading or listening. There are so many good books it is hard to pick just one. I love this site!"

Best and complete account of animal agriculture in USA

This book shows all aspects of how the USA economy has unfortunately taken the turn for the worst by being so dependent on an extremely cruel yet unnecessary industry. I was thoroughly impressed to know how easy it will be to correct the wrongs if there's political willpower and public desire to learn and respect the truth. I never thought I would enjoy a book on economics this much. Thanks to the author and narrator for such wonderful gift to the world.
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- Pranav

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-06-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio