I recently read this book about the rate of meat consumption in the USA. I love it and wanted to risk advertising it on the forums! (I’ll understand if anyone flags this as spam, since it’s technically a product)
The author is a teacher at the University of Manitoba under the Faculty of Environment. He writes about energy, food, production technology etc. Now just to clarify a few things… in the author’s own words:
The heart of the book addresses the consequences of the “massive carnivory” of western diets, looking at the inefficiencies of production and at the huge impacts on land, water, and the atmosphere.
So first and foremost, this is not a book about veganism or vegetarianism. It is about economics and efficiency.
Health impacts are also covered, both positive and negative.
Smil (author) is not even suggesting to abstain from meat, only to eat less. Emphasis mine.
Should We Eat Meat is not an ideological tract for or 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.
I think that wraps it up nicely. If anyone tells you this book is dogma then they haven’t actually read it.