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- Editor: Permanent Publications (28 de febrero de 2013)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1856230554
- ISBN-13: 978-1856230551
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Meat: A Benign Extravagance (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 28 feb 2013
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This book is a masterpiece: original, challenging and brilliantly argued. Simon Fairlie is a great thinker and a great writer. George Monbiot, Environmental and political activist, author and journalist
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Meat: A Benign Extravagance is an exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical and health issues surrounding the human consumption of animal flesh. It lays out in detail the reasons why we must decrease the amount of meat we eat, both for the planet and for ourselves and explores how different forms of agriculture shape our landscape and culture. At the heart of this book, Simon Fairlie argues that society needs to reorientate 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. Simon is an authoritative author writing about one of the key food and farming issues of the moment. This book demands the interest of the public and media alike and is a major contribution to a debate that is sure to run and run.Ver Descripción del producto
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Anyway, I had multiple vitamin deficiencies being vegan for 2 years, despite an almost soy-free, veggie and beans based diet (multivitamin included). I started drinking raw milk, eating raw cheese, and then I got to thinking about veal and what happens when the cow is too old, etc. Since our local organic small-town family diary farmer eats her cows (the males as a result of producing the raw milk I drink, and probably others), I started to consider eating them as well. It didn't make sense to drink the milk and refuse her meat. So yes, vegan turned local omnivore, and trying to adhere to the default livestock diet that Fairlie lays out in this book.
This book has hundreds of references, you can just go right to those papers and look for yourself. Fairlie has just put all the info in convenient form. I really enjoyed the chapter on what a vegan society's landscape might look like. This is something that the big vegan organizations never really go in to, and they should, because the picture isn't pretty. If you need a book to help you explore what kind of diet really does less harm to the planet, this is a great read. I was shocked at the chapter with the graph showing how vegetable oil production takes up as much land as beef (the least efficient meat to produce), and even more to learn how the pork industry and soy bean industry (veg oil) are so intertwined.
While I did not agree with every single one of Fairlie's arguments or conclusions, I was extremely happy with his diligent reporting of where he got his facts and how he used them. Not every reader will enjoy such a detailed level of reporting and numerical analysis, but I did. It is definitely what sets this book head and shoulders about any other in its field. Giving the proper information ensures that the reader can draw her own conclusions, rather than blindly following the author's prose to only one possible ending.
This is a groundbreaking book, and I commend Fairlie for the effort. There are a few drawbacks, however. First, Fairlie is British, and the book was originally published in the UK. Understandably, the author uses Great Britain as a case study over and over again, which means Americans will have to decide for themselves which ideas will or will not hold true in the US, which has a markedly different geography, culture, and agricultural system. Furthermore, Americans should be prepared with their British English dictionaries, as there are numerous terms, especially agricultural ones, that are not in use or have completely different meanings in the US (corn, for example). The second drawback is that there is almost no discussion about the ethical and health issues pertaining to meat-eating. Fairlie makes vegans out to be misguided hippies intent on saving the world, but in my experience, most people become vegetarians or vegans for health reasons, not environmental ones. Similarly, his comparison of meat versus plants is limited to caloric value, protein levels, and fat content. He completely ignores any other nutritional differences between the two types of food. Finally, the book is very poorly edited. There are typos throughout the entire thing, at a much higher rate than I would ever consider acceptable for a published book. Perhaps the proofreader was too caught up in the author's detailed analysis to do his own job.
I'd love to give this book a 5 star rating because it is, for the most part, extraordinarily well done. However, there are just a few too many negative issues for me. So, it gets a 4 star rating, but I encourage everyone to read this book and think long and hard about their food choices.