9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is a well-researched and straight to the point account of the meat industry. I declare my hand as a butcher's son of 60+ years with three vegetarian daughters. This is a comprehensive review of the history of meat eating. It really augments some basic premises. There are no conflicts in our house regarding preferences as the changes in availability and acceptability of alternative food sources and attitudes have been remarkable over the last 20 years or so. Holidaying with my daughters used to be a nightmare. No vegetarian options.
Do we, for whatever reason, want to eat meat or take it to the extremities of veganism? As a meat-eater, my concern is with mass production. My father knew where the meat was produced, where and how it was coming to the slaughter market and then to butchers' shops, (now mainly supermarkets), what was the feed, what antibiotics, steroids or enzyme tenderisers had been given and the conditions of rearing. He would never eat a bought pie of any sort from the 50's to his end. He had some horror stories even then; some became news but most was suppressed. What's changed? My family, and I am sure many others, are concerned with animal welfare. My father used to say that pigs have no function except food (they do forage unwanted grassland) and I dare say that can be applied from insects to other forms of life. I don't agree as the concept could stretch to humans.
An insightful book full of thought and debate presented in a quick-read format.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2013
A well conceived and well researched book regarding the plight of food poverty, meat greed amongst developing nations and hunger to satisfy our craving for the red and white stuff. Well recommended short read
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
I wouldn't have normally picked this up (metaphorically) but I've enjoyed Alex Renton's writing in the Times and Guardian and was interested in what he had to say about the global meat industry. Planet Carnivore is informative and importantly for me not too preachy about its subject matter. Rather than being hit over the head with the 'meat is murder" frying-pan Alex gives you a gentle nudge and a well-researched insight into some of the real costs of meat production. I'm sure most readers by the end will have pause for thought about their relationship with food. Recommended.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 December 2013
As other reviewers have already said, this is a thought provoking little read that summarizes a lot of background information behind the headlines. The idea that a beef pie can be found to contain absolutely no animal protein at all shows how "flexible" manufacturers can be with their ingredients (of course as that pie contained no horse meat it didn't make the headlines when it was discovered during horse meat testing). Reading this has certainly increased my awareness of the real cost of meat in the food chain. Will it change my eating habits? No, not significantly.