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The Resource Should we eat meat? : evolution and consequences of modern carnivory, Vaclav Smil

Should we eat meat? : evolution and consequences of modern carnivory, Vaclav Smil

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Should we eat meat? : evolution and consequences of modern carnivory
Title
Should we eat meat?
Title remainder
evolution and consequences of modern carnivory
Statement of responsibility
Vaclav Smil
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This book is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary examination and critique of meat consumption by humans, throughout history and around the world. Setting the scene with a chapter on meat?s role in human evolution and it?s growing influence during the development of agricultural practices, the book goes on to examine modern production systems, their costs, efficiencies and outputs. The major global trends of meat consumption are described: what part does meat play in changing modern diets in countries around the world? The heart of the book addresses the consequences of the "massive carnivory" of western diets, looking at the energy costs of meat and the huge impacts of meat production on land, water and the atmosphere. Health impacts are also covered, both positive and negative. In conclusion, the author looks forward at his vision of "rational meat eating", where environmental and health impacts are curbed, animals are treated more humanely, and alternative sources of protein are promoted. Eating Meat is not an ideological tract against carnivorousness but rather a careful evaluation of meat?s roles in human diets and the environmental and health consequences of its production and consumption. It will be of interest to a wide readership including professionals and academics in food and agricultural production, human health and nutrition, environmental science and regulatory and policy making bodies around the world
Summary
Should We Eat Meat? presents an informed evaluation of the role of meat in our lives today, along with the environmental and health consequences of its production and consumption. It offers information on the history and evolution of meat-eating around the world and throughout history.
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Writing style
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10273050
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Smil, Vaclav
Dewey number
641.36
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Meat
  • Vegetarianism
  • Meat industry and trade
Target audience
adult
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evolution and consequences of modern carnivory
Label
Should we eat meat? : evolution and consequences of modern carnivory, Vaclav Smil
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
  • Contents note: 1.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 -- 2.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 -- 3.Meat in Modern Societies -- Dietary Transitions: Modernization of Tastes -- Urbanization and industrialization -- Long-distance meat trade -- Meat in the Western dietary transition --
  • Contents note continued: 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 -- 4.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 -- 5.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
Control code
000050425496
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 260 pages
Isbn
9781118278727
Isbn Type
(softback : alk. paper)
Label
Should we eat meat? : evolution and consequences of modern carnivory, Vaclav Smil
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-250) and index
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
  • Contents note: 1.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 -- 2.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 -- 3.Meat in Modern Societies -- Dietary Transitions: Modernization of Tastes -- Urbanization and industrialization -- Long-distance meat trade -- Meat in the Western dietary transition --
  • Contents note continued: 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 -- 4.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 -- 5.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
Control code
000050425496
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xvi, 260 pages
Isbn
9781118278727
Isbn Type
(softback : alk. paper)

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