Meat: A Benign Extravagance

Meat: A Benign Extravagance

Simon Fairlie / Aug 22, 2019

Meat A Benign Extravagance Meat A Benign Extravagance is an exploration of the difficult environmental and ethical issues that surround the human consumption of animal flesh The world s meat consumption is rapidly rising leadi

  • Title: Meat: A Benign Extravagance
  • Author: Simon Fairlie
  • ISBN: 9781856230551
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • Meat A Benign Extravagance is an exploration of the difficult environmental and ethical issues that surround the human consumption of animal flesh The world s meat consumption is rapidly rising, leading to devastating environmental impacts as well as having long term health implications for societies everywhere Simon Fairlie s book lays out the reasons why we must decrMeat A Benign Extravagance is an exploration of the difficult environmental and ethical issues that surround the human consumption of animal flesh The world s meat consumption is rapidly rising, leading to devastating environmental impacts as well as having long term health implications for societies everywhere Simon Fairlie s book lays out the reasons why we must decrease the amount of meat we eat, both for the planet and for ourselves At its heart, the book argues, however, that the farming of animals for consumption has become problematic because we have removed ourselves physically and spiritually from the land Our society needs to reorientate itself back to the land and Simon explains why an agriculture that is most readily able to achieve this is one that includes a measure of livestock farming.

    Benign Definition of Benign by Merriam Webster Benign Shares Its Latin Root With Many Words Benediction, benefactor, benefit, benevolent, and benign are just some of the English words that derive from the well tempered Latin root bene, which means well Benign came to English via Anglo French from the Latin benignus, which in turn paired bene with gignere, meaning to beget.Gignere has produced a few offspring of its own in English. Eat Wild Health Benefits Health Benefits of Grass Fed Products Meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals are ideal for your health Compared with commercial products, Ethics of eating meat The question of whether it is right to eat animal flesh is among the most prominent topics in food ethics The most commonly given moral objection to meat eating is that, for most people living in the developed world, it is not necessary for survival or health some argue that slaughtering animals solely because people enjoy the taste of meat is wrong and morally unjustifiable. Butter is Not Linked to Heart Disease, Death and TIME In my mind, saturated fat is kind of neutral overall, Mozaffarian says Vegetable oils and fruits and nuts are healthier than butter, but on the other hand, low fat turkey meat or a bagel Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia BPH Genitourinary Benign prostatic hyperplasia BPH is nonmalignant adenomatous overgrowth of the periurethral prostate gland Symptoms are those of bladder outlet obstruction weak stream, hesitancy, urinary frequency, urgency, nocturia, incomplete emptying, terminal dribbling, overflow or urge incontinence, and complete urinary retention. MAPPING EMERGING INDUSTRIES gfi CELL LINES Clean meat production begins with obtaining cell lines for the desired animal species Generating a cell line means isolating a population of cells that is stable and immortalized. I was wrong about veganism Let them eat meat but farm it George Monbiot The ethical case against eating animal produce once seemed clear But a new book is an abattoir for dodgy arguments Prostate Health Reversing Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Personal Testimony I purchased one gram of C refined cannabis indica oil because it contains all of the cannabinoids.I immediately noticed the cramping or tight feeling in the prostate had disappeared, frequent nigh time urination returned to the normal with only once a night urination, and the occasional sharp pains I felt since I was a teenager did not occur. Street Meat Asia I shag all the time, fucking great Street Meat Asia New asshole buggering, sweet cunt sweaty updates Gorgeous Asian teens perform hard anal sperm gulping slimy powerful porn on High Definition video with nerve ending skin on wet pink skin. Top Animals Killed for Food Worldwide Each Year Vegan Even though awareness about cruelty free lifestyle may be rising in some sections of society, meat consumption actually continues to rise worldwide.

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        Simon Fairlie is an editor of The Ecologist, and co author of Whose Common Future Earthscan, 1993 He writes for The Guardian, New Statesman and Perspectives.


    1. Since this can be a contentious subject, I will begin this review by disclaiming my personal positions on the core issues of this book, so that my appraisal may be interpreted in light of my bias. I am very passionate about diet, food, and ecology. My concerns regarding this subject matter are nutrition, ecological issues (in which I include agricultural economy, environmental consequences, and sustainability), social issues, and lastly morality. I have lived several years as a vegan, before neg [...]

    2. I think this book had a lot of potential, and I was intrigued to see what a fellow environmentalist would have to say on the topic of the sustainability of meat. While I think Fairlie did a phenomenal job overall, there are many glaring and not-so-glaring errors in his book, both in terms of data and in terms of conclusions. The best part of the book is, by far, the scenarios he develops involving different agricultural systems and how they would relate to the dietary patterns of the public. He [...]

    3. Is meat evil? A vocal minority shouts “Yes!” The British eco-journalist, George Monbiot, was an enthusiastic advocate for the vegan diet. He did an abrupt U-turn after reading Simon Fairlie’s book, Meat — A Benign Extravagance. Fairlie is a powerhouse thinker, a fire hose of ideas, and a tireless detective who hunts down those who ejaculate statistics that are ridiculously biased or fictitious. This book will reduce your trust in all statistics by 71.8 percent. He doesn’t take sides; h [...]

    4. First off, before I start, I heard about this book through a caveman diet blog, so you know where my biases lie.Meat: A Benign Extravagance is, as it says, a defense of eating meat. The author explains and then knocks down one vegan myth after another: that it takes 10 pounds of edible plants to get one pound of meat (this is only true if you ignore one of the main reasons our ancestors kept animals; namely, that they eat things humans don't), that it takes 100,000 liters of water to raise a sin [...]

    5. I would give the first half of Meat five stars and the last half three, but doesn't work that way.Here's why the first half was awesome: It's a well-researched and unbiased account of the impact meat animals actually have on our environment. Yes, the text looks dense due to the font and footnotes, but it's actually quite easy to read.Maybe because I'm much less interested in philosophizing about societal changes, I found the second half to be a slog. But it also felt much more opinionated and l [...]

    6. The most comprehensive consideration of the inadequate arguments of omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, and (worst of all) born-again carnivores. There is no easy solution. Fairlie has no tolerance for bullshit from grass eaters or meat eaters. He is concerned with fact. He concedes that the best argument for veganism is land use -- that land could be used for other purposes. Unfortunately, few lifestyle vegans have any idea what veganic agriculture would look like other than "More trees, wildlife." [...]

    7. I must confess I'm struggling with this, and the main thing stopping me from giving up is the fact that I paid £15 for it. There's no attempt at narrative to carry what is essentially a string of back-of-the-envelope calculations interspersed with short polemics, and given that the author misunderstands certain key concepts (embodied water for example) I don't even trust the calculations. There are a few interesting snippets that I would have liked to see discussed in more detail, for example t [...]

    8. This book is a must read for anyone interested in what we eat, how it is produced and the impact it has on the environment and the worldwide economy (and balance of power). Simon Fairly is not only a small farmer, he did tons of research and got even the tiniest detail. What I liked about this book, is its transparency and honesty. This is one of the rare books on the subject of food that does not takes sides (for meat or against meat). This book is a treasure cove of interesting info. Whether y [...]

    9. Fairly researched topic, challenging read. Well written, but the language is not always straightforward which might be a minor problem for a non-native english language users like myself. I have only one major objection: the author seems to be uncritical towards concept of "organic" farming. He advocates "organic" above "chemical", but never mention the fact that what "organic" means is actually defined by local legislation. It not necessarily means that farmers are using duck to fight the slugs [...]

    10. Extensive and intensive investigation of livestock, their uses and misuses. Some valid points about the critical role livestock play in agriculture and livelihoods. Towards the end a low-energy rural permaculture idyll is sketched out, which mixes reasonable criticism with luddite fantasy. We are not getting to the stars by shepherding cows.

    11. if you have a moral qualm about eating animals because animals have souls, etc, this book will not convince you to eat meat. however, if you think that all animal based agriculture is wrong because of factory farms, you should read this book.

    12. The book has gone back to the library, however, I've read enough to give it at least three stars. I intend to finish it. If you are a vegetarian / vegan looking for a book by an opponent of vegetarianism, this is a much better read than "The Vegetarian Myth." It has some problems, though, and I think he's really misunderstood Goodland and Anhang's thesis on "Livestock and Climate Change," and made some basically illiterate attacks on their point of view. One of the nice things about Fairlie's bo [...]

    13. The central argument of this book-- that a modest amount of meat and dairy production is not only environmentally benign, but is in fact a necessary part of ecologically sustainable food production-- is pretty thoroughly laid out here. This is an equation that is explicitly calculated in terms of the number of calories that can be sustainably produced, ie. sans considerations of animal welfare-- although the author can't help but keep dipping his toes into those waters as the book progresses. In [...]

    14. Within the first few chapters I thought that this book might become one of those that I proselytise for; at the end of it, I find myself fighting the urge to order ten more copies so I can pass them out come the holidays.And all this despite the fact that I was really turned off by the hyperbolic jacket description.Part of the reason I don't immediately buy ten more copies is that it's not an easy read -- Fairlie's argument is scientifically rigorous, and even though he explains the math in a wa [...]

    15. Jam packed with real information. The print is small & the pages are thin, so you really get a lot of brain food. This isn't a fun entertaining read like 'Holy Sh-t Managing Manure To Save Mankind' This is pretty much the exact opposite of 'Holy S' The author breaks down all the different point of views on farming. Everything you can think of he analyzes. From the meat eaters perspective, to the Vegans & everyone & everything in-between.Exactly how damaging to our planet is eating an [...]

    16. This book advocates that meat has a rightful place on the farm. It's falsely cited as a case against veganism. This author isn't against veganism or vegetarianism, and clearly believes it has its place. It's more accurate to say he's very strongly against what you might call a sort of totalitarian approach to veganism, the idea that we must transform the entire world to vegans, eliminating all animal products entirely. There's an interesting chapter that paints a pretty bleak picture of what suc [...]

    17. Fortunate timing meant that I happened to finish reading this book on the same day on which the world's first synthetic burger was unveiled.This is just one of the topics discussed in Simon Farilie's book, and is a good representation of the purpose of the book.Some reviewers have commented on the author's missing issues around ethics etc, as well as his visions of a vegan-run world, but this really misses the point of Meat: A Benign Extravagance. I am not in a position to comment on the validit [...]

    18. Meh, I respect that he did good research and blah de blah and I myself really dislike CAFO practices, however this book COMPLETELY IGNORES the staggering health statistics that suggest our overly processed cheap grain based foods are killing us. Fatal heart disease numbers are still staggeringly high despite all the medications available, kids and adults are becoming "allergic" to everything under the sun, childhood obesity has exploded, and I could go on and on. Yes its a bummer that not everyo [...]

    19. I'm an enthusiastic carnivore, but this book almost made me vegan.Fairlie presents a well written and thoroughly documented argument for the environmental sustainability of livestock, but he ties it to a worldview that requires the general population to abandon cities, motor vehicles, plastic, and pretty much anything invented in the last hundred or so years in exchange for rural lives as loosely organized mostly self-sufficient peasants. As someone who enjoyed reading his book electronically on [...]

    20. Meat is a collection of well-sourced, almost scholarly essays written by a small-scale farmer about meat, meat production, and meat eating. It was far more comprehensive than I expected, and one of the main things I took away was the importance of critical thinking about the subject- particularly when it comes to numbers and statistics! As it turns out a good number of them are something someone pulled out of somewhere at some point, and subsequently acquire an aura of Holy Writ as they are cite [...]

    21. This isn't actually a book about eating or not eating meat. What it is actually about is how we have to revert to rural living, which would necessarily entail the utilisation of animals. The author presents a lot of very well researched arguments as to why eating meat isn't that bad from an environmental perspective (only slightly worse, and for much gain in terms of protein/energy consumption) but through the whole book a rhetoric for going rural is built, and it goes off the deep end towards t [...]

    22. A fascinating treatise on the effects of meat consumption on society and environment. An astonishingly well-done argument for the inclusion of meat in our diet and agricultural systems. Fairlie addresses many of the most commonly circulated 'reasons' to exclude livestock from our lives and diets from the idea that we could feed the world to the concept of cows causing more global warming than cars. The depth of his research and analysis is astounding, coming together in a convincing case to keep [...]

    23. Holy cow (har!), this is dense. Not for the mathematically or philosophically faint of heart, but it's a very intriguing read.Fairlie walks through exhaustive analysis of efficiency and ecological impacts of all kinds of food production methods over the course of 17 chapters. I learned some fascinating things: the concept of stockfree agriculture, for example, was totally knew to me; and the idea of livestock (particularly pigs) as a hedge against lean crops years makes a lot of sense. It also m [...]

    24. This was an interesting look at livestock's place in permaculture, but also a bit of a slog in places due to the heavy focus on calculations of crop yields, carbon sequestration, and similar topics (the introduction recommends skipping around between chapters, but I am sadly too much of a completist for that).The main conclusion, as I interpreted it, is that animals can play a positive role in food production, but that it needs to be quite different from the current arrangement (involving reduce [...]

    25. The best book I know on the very complex ecological issues involved in raising and eating animals. I continue to grapple with the ethics and other implications of including animal products in my diet, and Fairlie's controversial book takes on the overly simplistic vegetarian and vegan arguments that abound. It skillfully challenges interpretations of the statistics that come up in every article, book, report and online forum about the influence of livestock on the environment and world hunger. I [...]

    26. I never in my life have read the word "manure" so often LOL - nevertheless, this book is important and I highly recommend it to anyone who cares about the sustainability of our food system. My only objection might be that TERRA PRETA is not mentioned. Human beings are a part of the landscape and how this planet works - human beings have helped shape this planet sustainably for thousands of years - only in the last 200 have we stopped doing that. Thank you Simon Fairlie for forcing me to read abo [...]

    27. A well researched, and well reasoned, justification for the consumption of small quantities of animal products. Unfortunately, Fairlie lost my agreement when he used peak oil as rationale for depopulating cities and focusing future employment growth in the agricultural sector; relocating millions of people in developed nations so that there is a more balanced nutrient cycle seems a bit too ambitious. I suspect that saner nutrient recovery policies will inevitably be employed in our quest to prod [...]

    28. Bruce told me he wanted to get Good Food For Everyone and Meat: A Benign Extravagance after reading this article and listening to the Radio 4 food programme podcast.

    29. I keep recommending this to people in the agricultural development industry. Don't read Livestock's Long Shadow or its follow up without taking a trip through this book. It's densely written and not a light read but I found it hugely interesting. Fairlie breaks down the data and along with it the smoke and mirrors used to convince people about whether or not to eat meat clear away.

    30. I don't think I have the background knowledge to critically assess this book, but it has some interesting ideas. As an omnivore who doesn't eat much meat but certainly isn't vegan, I am very receptive to his message about the usefulness of keeping livestock in combination with mixed farming.

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