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Month: April 2016

Should We Eat Meat? Book Review

Vaclav Smil’s Should We Eat Meat? should have had a different title. This is a question that is scarcely seriously addressed, and certainly never clearly answered by its author. Smil’s strength is meticulously collecting and communicating statistics and figures. The first, and longer, part of the book (at least it felt longer; the tactile feel of where in a book you are is lost when reading on an eReader) presents in a dry and straightforward manner the raw numbers of animal agriculture’s impact on the environment. Numbers include land usage, greenhouse gas emissions, relative nutritional output per unit feed input, and numbers you…

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