Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

Nicolette Hahn Niman


For a long time it's been approximately common dogma between environmentalists and health and wellbeing advocates that livestock and red meat are public enemy quantity one.

But is the problem fairly so transparent minimize? rarely, argues environmental legal professional became rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman in her new booklet, Defending Beef.

The public has lengthy been ended in think that cattle, in particular livestock, erode soils, pollute air and water, harm riparian parts, and decimate flora and fauna populations.

In Defending Beef, Hahn Niman argues that farm animals should not inherently undesirable for both the Earth or our personal dietary wellbeing and fitness. in reality, adequately controlled cattle play an important position in conserving grassland ecosystems by means of functioning as surrogates for herds of untamed ruminants that after coated the globe. Hahn Niman argues that dispersed, grass-fed, small-scale farms can and may develop into the root for American nutrition creation, exchanging the manufacturing unit farms that damage animals and the environment.

The author―a longtime vegetarian―goes directly to dispel renowned myths approximately how consuming red meat is undesirable for bodies. She methodically evaluates healthiness claims made opposed to red meat, demonstrating that such claims have confirmed false.  She indicates how meals from cattle―milk and meat, quite while raised totally on grass―are healthy, tremendous nutritious, and an irreplaceable a part of the world’s nutrition system.

Grounded in empirical medical info and with residing examples from world wide, Defending Beef builds a complete argument that farm animals may also help to construct carbon-sequestering soils to mitigate weather swap, increase biodiversity, aid hinder desertification, and supply precious nutrition.

Defending Beef is concurrently a booklet approximately significant rules and the author’s personal own tale―she starts off out as a skeptical vegetarian and at last turns into an enthusiastic player in environmentally sustainable ranching.

While no unmarried booklet can definitively solution the thorny query of ways to feed the Earth’s turning out to be inhabitants, Defending Beef makes the case that, regardless of the world’s destiny meals approach seems like, farm animals and red meat can and has to be a part of the solution.

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