From leading ecology advocates, a revealing look at our dependence on cows and a passionate appeal for sustainable living.In Cowed, globally recognized environmentalists Denis and Gail Boyer Hayes offer a revealing analysis of how our beneficial, centuries-old relationship with bovines has evolved into one that now endangers us.Long ago, cows provided food and labor to settlers taming the wild frontier and helped the loggers, ranchers, and farmers who shaped the country’s landscape. Our society is built on the backs of bovines who indelibly stamped our culture, politics, and economics. But our national herd has doubled in size over the past hundred years to 93 million, with devastating consequences for the country’s soil and water. Our love affair with dairy and hamburgers doesn’t help either: eating one pound of beef produces a greater carbon footprint than burning a gallon of gasoline.Denis and Gail Hayes begin their story by tracing the co-evolution of cows and humans, starting with majestic horned aurochs, before taking us through the birth of today’s feedlot farms and the threat of mad cow disease. The authors show how cattle farming today has depleted America’s largest aquifer, created festering lagoons of animal waste, and drastically increased methane production.In their quest to find fresh solutions to our bovine problem, the authors take us to farms across the country from Vermont to Washington. They visit worm ranchers who compost cow waste, learn that feeding cows oregano yields surprising benefits, talk to sustainable farmers who care for their cows while contributing to their communities, and point toward a future in which we eat less, but better, beef. In a deeply researched, engagingly personal narrative, Denis and Gail Hayes provide a glimpse into what we can do now to provide a better future for cows, humans, and the world we inhabit. They show how our relationship with cows is part of the story of America itself.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Denis Hayes is the CEO of the
Bullitt Foundation and served as the national coordinator of the first Earth
Day in 1970.
Gail Boyer Hayes is a writer, editor, and environmental lawyer who has authored works on solar energy and health issues.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Setting Out 3
1 Bewitched by Cows 9
2 Whoa! Cows' Big Bite 31
3 Hoofprints on Your Tablecloth 72
4 Lagoon Blues 91
5 Got Milked? 129
6 Don't Have a Cowburger 162
7 Cannibal Cows 189
8 Why Buy Organic Beef and Dairy? 217
9 Cowboys vs. Astronauts 243
10 Don't Be Cruel 271
Afterword: The Tail End of an Era 307
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One of the best books I've read this year! Highly recommend it to everyone invested in building sustainable communities and protecting the resources that support them. Another pioneering project by Earth Day Founder Denis Hayes and Gail Boyer Hayes!