Review of The Ecological Hoofprint: the global burden of industrial livestock by Tony Weis (Zed Books, 2013)
The rapid expansion of world meat consumption is (1) an indication that more people are getting better fed, right?
This “nutritional transition” is (2) great news for human health, right?
And (3), notwithstanding issues of excessive cruelty to animals, industrial
meat production is just a high-tech version of what humans have been doing since they started hunting, right?
Wrong, wrong, wrong, Tony Weis argues.
Weis demolishes justifications for the global process he calls “meatification” with a rigorous analysis of how it exacerbates inequality, and widens the rift between capitalist economies and the natural environment. It’s damaging and unsustainable.
At a time when academics are forced to focus more and more narrowly, he looks at the big picture.
On question (1) – who benefits from growing meat consumption – Weis unpacks the extent of inequalities: people in rich countries consume more Read the rest of this entry »