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 book 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.
David Robinson Simon
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is difficult to come across originality in books on animal justice. I don't mean to bash other authors, and I think the more books we have out there on the topic, the better. But it can frustrating, for folks like me who have been involved in the movement for over 20 years, to feel like no one is saying anything new anymore. David Simon's Meatonomics is refreshing. Many organizations and individuals have alluded to the market in meat and dairy, and made assertions about the ways that agribusiness sap the economy through its dominance of the market, and through the negative effects on the health of our society. To me, a PhD student who works with data, it seemed like an insurmountable task to gather enough information on this huge topic and show that these assertions are grounded in empirical facts. Simon does this very well in his book. His book is original, and so useful for those of us in the field trying to show why eliminating animal products is better for your health, and for...
David Simon has done a powerful and surgical job exposing the frightening economics of how Americans are subsidizing their own disease! How we have allowed our government to set up the most insane funding of an industry that contributes to over 60% of the diseases that cripple our family, friends, neighbors, culture via the immoral and financially unsustainable practices of the meat and dairy industry! And, David provides a practical way forward (thank you!)This book should be required reading in every high school. A must read!
Simon exposes how the meat, egg, and dairy industry has the American public brainwashed. It is outrageous that I have no say in my tax dollars supporting devastation to human health, environment, and world hunger. Just because something as heinous as animal slaughter for food is legal, it doesn't make it right. I'm grateful to have this book out there and feel it should be required reading for all coursework in economics, healthcare, agriculture, and marketing. When does the movie come out?
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