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Meat is a groundbreaking exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical and health issues surrounding the human consumption of animals. Garnering huge praise in the UK, this is a book that answers the question: should we be farming animals, or not? Not a simple answer, but one that takes all views on meat eating into account. It lays out in detail the reasons why we must indeed decrease the amount of meat we eat, both for the planet and for ourselves, and yet explores how different forms of agriculture--including livestock--shape our landscape and culture.At the heart of this book, Simon Fairlie argues that society needs to re-orient 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. It is a well-researched look at agricultural and environmental theory from a fabulous writer and a farmer, and is sure to take off where other books on vegetarianism and veganism have fallen short in their global scope.

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Fairlie, editor of Land Magazine and former livestock manager of a community farm in the UK offers a collection of essays on the environmental ethics of eating meat. He considers whether raising animals for meat is sustainable and along the way debunks many of the environmental arguments and statistics used to promote veganism and vegetarianism. Essays are grouped into the categories of land requirements for livestock, food security, energy and carbon, and land use change, and while UK centric, will be of interest to anyone concerned with making sustainable food choices. Fairlie does not address the morality of eating meat, nor does he discuss nutrition, but nevertheless provides a compelling argument for small-scale livestock farming as an environmentally sound practice. Several of the essays were published previously in Land Magazine and have been revised for this collection. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Simon Fairlie worked for 20 years variously as an agricultural labourer, vineworker, shepherd, fisherman, builder and stonemason before being ensnared by the computer in 1990. He was a co-editor of The Ecologist magazine for four years, before joining a community farm in 1994 where he managed the cows, pigs and a working horse for ten years. He now runs Chapter 7, an organization that provides planning advice to smallholders and other low income people in the countryside. He is also editor of The Land magazine, and earns a living by selling scythes. He is the author of Low Impact Development: Planning and People in a Sustainable Countryside.

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