Should We Eat Meat?

Should We Eat Meat?

Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory

eBook - 2013
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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."
Publisher: New York : Wiley, 2013.
ISBN: 9781118278697
1118278690
9781118278703
1118278704
9781118278710
1118278712
Characteristics: 1 online resource (278 pages)
Contents: Meat substitutes and cultured meatProtein from other animal foodstuffs; Less meaty diets; A large potential for rational meat production; Prospects for Change; References; Index.
Consuming and wasting meatMaking 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.
Traditional Societies: Animals, Diets and LimitsDomestication 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 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.
Should We Eat Meat?: Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory; Copyright; Contents; Preface; 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.
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."

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