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Meatonomics

How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 9 hrs
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Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways. Most importantly, we've lost the ability to decide for ourselves what - and how much - to eat. Those decisions are made for us by animal food producers who control our buying choices with artificially-low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation. Learn how and why they do it and how you can respond.

Written in a clear and accessible style, Meatonomics provides vital insight into how the economics of animal food production influence our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity. Meatonomics is the first audiobook to add up the huge "externalized" costs that the animal food system imposes on taxpayers, animals and the environment, and it finds these costs total about $414 billion yearly. With yearly retail sales of around $250 billion, that means that for every $1 of product they sell, meat and dairy producers impose almost $2 in hidden costs on the rest of us. But if producers were forced to internalize these costs, a $4 Big Mac would cost about $11.

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Best and complete account of animal agriculture in USA

This book shows all aspects of how the USA economy has unfortunately taken the turn for the worst by being so dependent on an extremely cruel yet unnecessary industry. I was thoroughly impressed to know how easy it will be to correct the wrongs if there's political willpower and public desire to learn and respect the truth. I never thought I would enjoy a book on economics this much. Thanks to the author and narrator for such wonderful gift to the world.

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great book


this book has a lot of good information. it covered many interesting facets of the meat and fish industry too. not just economics but cruelty, environmental, and health reasons we should quit eating meat. a very informational and entertaining book.

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You can tell he Author is a lawyer, not an expert

Listening to this book was like a teeter totter. The beginning was fact based on solid logic and evidence. As the story progressed, the totter flipped to emotional arguments relying on no or misattribution and in some cases disproven research, which he repeated over and over. His methodology for which studies or govt stats to believe or not, conflicted from the front to the back of the book. Is the FDA to be believed, or not? Decent attributution at the beginning, albeit to the same cherry picked studies, to none at all at the end. I lost count of how many times he used "many studies" without naming a single one. You can tell he is a lawyer by his extensive use of qualifiers such as may, might, could. He makes interesting points but his penchant for hyperboly diminished his credibility.

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This is a Jaw dropper of positive information.

This is overveiw of the plight that plagues all mankind , on an epic scale not to be taken lightly.

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Deliberately dense

The author deliberately ignores nuances in the interpretation of the studies he cites. While org

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Yet another vegetarian propaganda piece

No since there wasn't even an attempt to be unbiased or scientific about most of the material. Fx rejection of GMO without justification and citing "the China study" as unbiased and methodologically sound when in fact it is as flawed as many of the other studies cited as flawed.
I would really like to see an actual objective comparison of the health risks/benefits from meat consumption but this book doesn't provide anything of the sort. Only one side is included.

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