The production of meat consumes tremendous amounts of resources. Water, energy and grain consumption is huge, and the consequences for the climate and environment are enormous. Moreover, countless animals suffer in the factory farming industry. In addition to the animals, low-wage workers are also exploited in animal factories and slaughterhouses.
Despite the ever-present role models of celebrity vegans, the continuously increasing offer of plant-based foods, and scientific reporting on a healthy diet without meat, demand for meat is expected to grow twice as fast as demand for plant-based food over the next thirty years. Between 1960 and 2010, the meat consumption per capita more than doubled in developing countries; in China, meat consumption increased ninefold. By 2050, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO expects meat production to increase to 455 million tons.
The urgently needed change in human diet will therefore not happen by itself. The book "The Meat Question" by Josh Berson gives insights into human eating behavior and meat consumption. Based on paleontological as well as anthropological research results, Josh Berson shows our deeply rooted eating traditions and the evolutionary significance of our interaction with meat.