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Impact of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability

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Meat consumption impacts all aspects of human life and humanity’s long-term survival prospects. Despite this knowledge, society continues to ignore the negative impact of consuming meat, which include excessively high contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions, land and water pollution and depletion, antimicrobial resistance, and negative impacts on human health. Impact of Meat Consumption on Health and Environmental Sustainability addresses the difficulties, challenges, and opportunities in reducing excessive meat consumption in order to mitigate human and environmental damage. Policymakers, academicians, researchers, advanced-level students, technology developers, and government officials will find this text useful in furthering their research exposure to pertinent topics such as dietary recommendations for limiting meat consumption, trade and the meat industry, ethics of meat production and consumption, and the environmental impacts of meat consumption.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
    1. Mission
    2. Coverage
  5. Dedication
  6. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. List of Reviewers
  7. Preface
    1. SWEENEY THE VEGAN
    2. REFERENCES
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Section 1: Climate and Water
    1. Chapter 1: The Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Various Dietary Practices and Intervention Possibilities to Reduce This Impact
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. DIETARY CHOICES AND GHG EMISSIONS
      5. INTERVENTION POSSIBILITIES TO REDUCE THE GHG IMPACT OF DIETARY CHOICES
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 2: A Fresh Look at Livestock Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Mitigation
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
      4. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      5. FUTURE POLICY DIRECTIONS: RAISING AWARENESS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      9. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 3: Improving the Understanding of Climate Change Factors with Images
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF CLIMATE CHANGE FACTORS
      4. A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF CLIMATE CHANGE FACTORS WITH IMAGES
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 4: Water Quality Impacts of Abattoir Activities in Southern Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. EFFECTS OF ABATTOIRS ON WATER QUALITY
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    5. Chapter 5: Livestock and Climate Change
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. MITIGATING LIVESTOCK EMISSIONS
      5. BARRIERS
      6. ANIMAL AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE MEDIA
      7. DISCUSSION
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    6. Chapter 6: Environmental Concerns and the Mainstreaming of Veganism
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. THE MAINSTREAMING OF VEGANISM
      4. ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS AND VEGANISM
      5. GROWING INTEREST IN VEGANISM
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      9. ENDNOTE
  10. Section 2: Diet and Wellbeing
    1. Chapter 7: Meat and Dietary Guidelines
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MEAT AND DIETARY GUIDELINES
      4. CONCLUSION
      5. REFERENCES
      6. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 8: Red Meat and Health
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. RED MEAT INTAKE, HEALTH, AND CHRONIC DISEASE
      5. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 9: The Future of Antibiotics and Meat
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ANTIBIOTIC USE
      4. ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
      5. SUSTAINABILITY IMPLICATIONS OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE
      6. PROTECTING THE ANTIBIOTICS
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 10: Impact of Meat Consumption on the Health of People, the Animals They Eat, and the Earth's Resources
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MEAT CONSUMPTION AND HEALTH
      4. CONSUMPTION OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND IMPACT ON EARTH’S RESOURCES
      5. CONSUMPTION OF ANIMAL PRODUCTS AND IMPACT ON ANIMAL WELLBEING
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      9. ENDNOTE
    5. Chapter 11: China's Growing Meat Demands
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. CHINA’S GROWING MEAT DEMAND
      4. IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABILITY
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  11. Section 3: Society and Politics
    1. Chapter 12: Exploring Flexitarianism
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. EXPLORING FLEXITARIANISM
      4. MEAT REDUCTION IN A MEAT-CENTRED FOOD CULTURE
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 13: Feasting From the Federal Trough
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FEASTING FROM THE FEDERAL TROUGH
      4. CONCLUSION: LIBERTARIANS BY CONVENIENCE, SOCIALISTS BY HABIT
      5. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 14: Sustainable Food Consumption
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. SUSTAINABLE FOOD CONSUMPTION
      4. SUSTAINABILITY COST OF INCREASING MEAT CONSUMPTION
      5. A MISSION ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE: WESTERN ATTITUDES GENERATING A MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
      6. CONCLUSION: A ONE-STOP SOLUTION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      9. ENDNOTES
    4. Chapter 15: Meat Myths and Marketing
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. MYTH 1: “WE WERE MEANT TO EAT MEAT”
      4. MYTH 2: “MEAT IS GOOD FOR YOU”
      5. MYTH 3: “REAL MEN EAT MEAT”
      6. MYTH 4: “MEAT IS PART OF OUR CULTURE”
      7. MYTH 5: “MEAT IS AFFORDABLE”
      8. MYTH 6: “ORGANIC MEAT IS MUCH BETTER”
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    5. Chapter 16: Intensive Speciesism Regions in Brazil
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FROM ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS TO REGIONAL ANALYSIS
      4. INTENSIVE SPECIESISM IN BRAZILIAN REGIONS
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. ACKNOWLEDGMENT
      7. REFERENCES
      8. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      9. ENDNOTES
    6. Chapter 17: Meat Production and Consumption
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF MEAT PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION
      4. BEEF POWER: SOCIAL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, AND ETHICAL ISSUES
      5. THE ANIMAL HEART OF THE MATTER: A CRITICAL ETHICAL ASPECT
      6. TOWARDS AN ETHICAL EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: THE ABOLITIONIST PERSPECTIVE
      7. CONCLUSION
      8. REFERENCES
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      10. ENDNOTES
  12. Section 4: Conclusion
    1. Chapter 18: After Meat
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. A SUDDEN END TO MEAT
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. REFERENCES
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Conclusion
    1. REFERENCE
  14. Compilation of References
  15. About the Contributors