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Table Of Contents

Meat in Nutrition
Meat Eating and Health: Benefits and Concerns
Meat and its nutrients
Meat as a source of food energy
High-quality protein and human growth
Carnivory and civilizational diseases
Diseased meat
Meat in Human Evolution
Hunting Wild Animals: Meat in Human Evolution
Primates and hominins
Meat consumption during the Paleolithic period
Extinction of the late Pleistocene megafauna
Hunting in different ecosystems
Wild meat in sedentary societies
Traditional Societies: Animals, Diets and Limits
Domestication of animals
Population densities and environmental imperatives
Long stagnation of typical meat intakes
Avoidances, taboos and proscriptions
Meat as a prestige food
Meat in Modern Societies
Dietary Transition: Modernization of Tastes
Urbanization and industrialization
Long-distance meat trade
Meat in the Western dietary transition
Transitions in modernizing economies
Globalization of tastes
Output and Consumption: Modern Meat Chain
Changing life cycles
Slaughtering of animals
Processing meat
Consuming and wasting meat
Making sense of meat statistics
What It Takes to Produce Meat
Modern Meat Production: Practices and Trends
Meat from pastures and mixed farming
Confined animal feeding
Animal feedstuffs
Productivity efficiencies and changes
Treatment of animals
Meat: An Environmentally Expensive Food
Animal densities and aggregate zoomass
Changing animal landscapes
Intensive production of feedstuffs
Water use and water pollution
Meat and the atmosphere
Possible Futures
Toward Rational Meat Eating: Alternatives and Adjustments
Meatless diets
Meat substitutes and cultured meat
Protein from other animal foodstuffs
Less meaty diets
A large potential for rational meat production
Prospects for Change
References
Index
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Should We Eat Meat Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory

Should We Eat Meat Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory

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Meat eating is often a contentious subject, whether consideringthe technical, ethical, environmental, political, or health-relatedaspects of production and consumption.

This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examinationand critique of meat consumption by humans, throughout theirevolution and around the world. Setting the scene with a chapter onmeat’s role in human evolution and its growing influenceduring the development of agricultural practices, the book goes onto examine modern production systems, their efficiencies, outputs,and impacts. The major global trends of meat consumption aredescribed in order to find out what part its consumption plays inchanging modern diets in countries around the world. The heart ofthe book addresses the consequences of the "massive carnivory" ofwestern diets, looking at the inefficiencies of production and atthe huge impacts on land, water, and the atmosphere. Health impactsare also covered, both positive and negative. In conclusion, theauthor looks forward at his vision of “rational meateating”, where environmental and health impacts are reduced,animals are treated more humanely, and alternative sources ofprotein make a higher contribution.

Should We Eat Meat? is not an ideological tract for oragainst carnivorousness but rather a careful evaluation of meat'sroles in human diets and the environmental and health consequencesof its production and consumption. It will be of interest to a widereadership including professionals and academics in food andagricultural production, human health and nutrition, environmentalscience, and regulatory and policy making bodies around theworld.

Meat eating is often a contentious subject, whether consideringthe technical, ethical, environmental, political, or health-relatedaspects of production and consumption.

This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examinationand critique of meat consumption by humans, throughout theirevolution and around the world. Setting the scene with a chapter onmeat’s role in human evolution and its growing influenceduring the development of agricultural practices, the book goes onto examine modern production systems, their efficiencies, outputs,and impacts. The major global trends of meat consumption aredescribed in order to find out what part its consumption plays inchanging modern diets in countries around the world. The heart ofthe book addresses the consequences of the "massive carnivory" ofwestern diets, looking at the inefficiencies of production and atthe huge impacts on land, water, and the atmosphere. Health impactsare also covered, both positive and negative. In conclusion, theauthor looks forward at his vision of “rational meateating”, where environmental and health impacts are reduced,animals are treated more humanely, and alternative sources ofprotein make a higher contribution.

Should We Eat Meat? is not an ideological tract for oragainst carnivorousness but rather a careful evaluation of meat'sroles in human diets and the environmental and health consequencesof its production and consumption. It will be of interest to a widereadership including professionals and academics in food andagricultural production, human health and nutrition, environmentalscience, and regulatory and policy making bodies around theworld.

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