Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much - and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much - and How to Eat Better, Live Longer, and Spend Smarter

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Overview


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 book 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.


David Robinson Simon is a lawyer and advocate for sustainable consumption.  He works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is also the author of New Millennium Law Dictionary, a full-length legal dictionary. He lives in Southern California with his partner, artist Tania Marie, and their rabbit, tortoise, and two cats.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609258610
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 50,828
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author


David Robinson Simon is a lawyer and advocate for sustainable consumption. He works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California. He is also the author of New Millennium Law Dictionary, a full-length legal dictionary. He lives in Southern California with his partner, artist Tania Marie, and their rabbit, tortoise, and two cats.
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"Retail prices of meat and dairy have fallen steadily for decades, driven by producers’ practice of offloading their costs onto society. Thus, for each $1 of eggs, meat, fish, or dairy sold at retail, the system imposes $1.70 in hidden costs on consumers and taxpayers. One result of animal foods’ artificially low retail prices is that Americans eat twice the meat that the USDA recommends and three times the world’s per capita average, helping give us the world’s highest rates of obesity, cancer, and diabetes.” —from the Introduction 
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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Poorly researched or just plain misleading

    The author summs up the book in his author's notes. "...while parts of this book deal with economics, medicine,and ecology, I'm not an economist, a doctor, or an ecologist." I found it hard to believe the author took a little information and drew such biased conclusions. I was surprised the book was published until I learned that the publisher, Conari Press, is the second largest publisher of occult books. The book did help me understand how one group like vegans, can latch on to such misinformation as gospel to propel their cause. If you read the book be skeptical of what you read and do your own research into the topics.

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    highly recommended

    The government was broken long before Obama arrived in Washington. This book exposes the politics involved with our food supply, especially meat and dairy. It shows how conflict between the big food producers and processers and the government regulating agencies is always decided in favor of the producers/processers, with very little concern for what is really best for the mostly uninformed consumer. This book will make you want to eat as naturally and close to home as possible!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    The author readily describes himself as a lawyer but I disagree

    The author readily describes himself as a lawyer but I disagree with the 1 star finding, this book is well researched and much of he health aspects  have been pretty much determined to be in line with his conclusions. I have no intention of "going vegan", I like venison and wild game/wildcaught fish too much, but this book is a distrubing eye opener regarding  the government agencies that are suppose to protect us are captured, to use the writers words, by the industry they are suppose to over see. My doctor has been advising me to cut back on meat & daily, this book certainly will help me do that. Yes, it has a bias, but even once you factor that out it is also eye opening.  

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    Posted January 10, 2014

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