Food for Thought: Planetary Healing Begins on Our Plate

Food for Thought: Planetary Healing Begins on Our Plate

by Camila Perussello
Food for Thought: Planetary Healing Begins on Our Plate

Food for Thought: Planetary Healing Begins on Our Plate

by Camila Perussello


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Have you ever wondered how we can feed 80 billion farmed animals per year while nearly one billion people are food insecure?

Food for Thought is a comprehensive, science-based analysis of the social and environmental costs of eating animals. Noted Food Engineer Camila Perussello, PhD explains how animal-based food production is directly linked to some of the most pressing issues of our time: violence, discrimination, the climate emergency, and the global burden of disease.

The book uncovers the deliberately hidden and brutal reality of animal-sourced food production – from animal suffering to human rights violations, environmental degradation, diet-related illnesses, pandemics, food insecurity, and consumer manipulation.

Food for Thought also debunks myths on “humane” and “sustainable” animal foods, such as organic milk, grass-fed meat, and cage-free eggs, detailing the differences between production systems, geographical regions, and animal welfare labels.

The book ends with a practical guide on how to live vegan, the challenges you might encounter, and the personal benefits you should expect.

Most importantly, Food for Thought will make you aware of your power to reshape industry and society, despite the misleading narratives made to sow confusion about the vital role of consumer choices in social change.

Written with impeccable detail and academic rigour, Food for Thought is a valuable reference guide to food technologists, veterinarians, biologists, environmentalists, animal rights activists, and all professionals and individuals working towards justice and sustainability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590566626
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Publication date: 03/08/2022
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Camila Perussello, Ph.D., is an extensively published Food Engineer who has worked as a scientist and food-industry consultant in different parts of the globe. Dr. Perussello is the recipient of several research grants by Brazilian and European governments as well as funding for vegan outreach from California-based The Pollination Project. Learn more about her work at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

Climate change affects everyone 1

Agri-food production and public health 4

COVID-19, animal products, and labour abuse 7

Animal agriculture is unsustainable 10

Science will not save us 12

A higher path 14

You make a difference 15

Chapter 1 Dairy 17

Dairy farming practices 17

Is the problem restricted to factory farming? 25

Animal welfare: for animals or profit? 28

Organic, free-range, grass-fed, and other labels 30

Pro-dairy propaganda: who benefits? 33

Environmental impact of dairy production 40

Investigations 48

Investigation 1 - BabyBel supplier (US) 48

Investigation 2 - Buffalo mozzarella farm (Italy) 56

Chapter 2 Red Meat 61

Market overview 62

Red meat farming and processing 64

Beef and veal 66

Pig meat 73

Organic meat, free-range meat, stall-free pork, and other labels 85

Organic meat 85

Free-range pork 86

Sow stall-free pork 86

Grass-fed meat 87

Outdoor reared and outdoor bred pork 87

Red Tractor pork 88

Certified Humane Raised and Handled® pig meat 89

When the cure is worse than the disease 89

Grazing our forests 90

Shooting ourselves in the foot 101

Investigations 105

Investigation 1 - Mexican slaughterhouses 105

Investigation 2 - Pig farm in Italy 120

Chapter 3 Poultry Meat and Eggs 127

Egg production 131

Cage-free, free-range, organic, and other labels 133

Typical welfare issues in commercial laying hens 138

'Eat more eggs, they are good for you' 150

Grated chick: an egg industry speciality 155

Broiler chickens 156

Free-range, organic, and other labels 164

Industrial production became the bad guy 168

Catching, crating, transport, and slaughter 169

Production targets disguised as animal welfare concerns 174

Poultry meat, eggs, and deadly plagues: speciesism, coronavirus, racism, and social inequality 176

Investigations 184

Investigation 1 - Egg-laying hens in India 184

Investigation 2 - Broiler chickens in the UK 190

Investigation 3 - Egg-laying hens in Germany 197

Chapter 4 Fish 203

Wild-caught versus farmed fish 207

Capture fishing 209

Trawling 209

Purse seining 211

Gillnetting 212

Trolling 213

Pole and line fishing 214

Longlining 215

Other methods 216

Farmed fish 218

Fishes do not fall from trees 224

Omega-3: the fish industry's darling 228

COVID-19 and seafood processing 238

Violence reverberates 240

Fisheries crimes 244

Animal exploitation industry: a dead end 247

Investigation - Tuna fishery in Italy 248

Chapter 5 - An invitation 257

Transitioning to a vegan diet 257

Health benefits of eating vegan 262

The future of food 265

Changing our outlook on life 267

Other aspects of living vegan 268

Common mistakes when going vegan 269

Useful tips 270

A note to all animal advocates 273

References 275

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