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Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom Kindle Edition
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Veganomics offers a fascinating look at the rise of vegetarianism, as well as intriguing insight into the hearts and minds of the compassionate people who choose to leave meat off their plates. You will be captivated and informed, but most importantly, inspired. --Nathan Runkle, Executive Director, Mercy For Animals
When it comes to animal protection work, it's not enough just to be right: animals need us to be both right and effective. Nick Cooney's combed through the scientific literature on what's effective (and what's not) so you don't have to. For the sake of animals, read it now! --Paul Shapiro, Vice President of Farm Animal Protection, HSUS --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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- ASIN : B07BT8R435
- Publication date : March 29, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 863 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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- Print length : 210 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,655,966 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Much of what he says is common sense- there are more female vegetarians, people under the age of 30 are more likely to go vegetarian, and for animal welfare reasons. Older people are more likely to do so for health reasons, and so on. However, he also has the research to back it up.
Also, Mr. Cooney's presented the information in an interesting way. He's turned potentially dry material into an interesting read.
The last 1/4 of the book was better when it gave advice about effective advocacy.
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According to Cooney, a far greater reduction in animal suffering and death results from efforts directed towards reducing meat consumption rather than concentrating solely on persuading other to become vegetarian or vegan. I have no problem thus far, though Tobias Leenaert’s “How to Create a Vegan World: A Pragmatic Approach” is infinitely better in pursuing this approach. Cooney states that a typical meat eater is responsible for the death of one eighth of a cow and 28 chickens each year. He further states that individuals are more likely to reduce meat consumption on health grounds than for animal welfare reasons. (I dispute his belief that environmental reasons are hardly ever a reason other than amongst the young). It is an inconvenient fact that, short of eliminating milk and dairy completely, the health of meat eaters can be significantly improved by reducing their consumption of red meat (especially beef) and processed meat (e.g. sausages and bacon). This is standard and correct medical advice. But those who are receptive to reducing beef consumption on health grounds will tend to eat more chicken instead. Environmentally, this is good for the planet as cows are responsible for 14% of all greenhouse gasses (more than all transport combined) – but it is bad for animal welfare. By substituting chicken for beef, health is improved but the number of chickens that lead miserable short lives as a consequence far exceeds the number of cows’ lives saved.
Cooney recommends that we avoid any discussion on the health benefits of reducing beef intake and concentrate entirely on dangers from eating chickens which, he states, are elevated risk of breast and other cancers. This is the big lie. In the entire book, which tediously repeats this message time and time again, only three lines address these claimed health consequences of eating chicken. And, despite the book being otherwise well referenced, no reference is given to support his claim. The uncomfortable fact is that there is no substantive evidence that eating chicken causes cancer or other health problems. Similarly, eating eggs in moderation (other than in cases of hypercholesterolaemia) is not a health risk.
The title of the book borrows from Freakonomics (and others like Soccernomics) that give fascinating little-known statistics. But the book reveals little of interest about vegetarians and vegans beyond the obvious that they are more likely to be young, female and left-leaning politically. Despite the title, there is nothing about their bedroom proclivities.
Personally, I still recommend Peter Singer’s “Animal Liberation” as the best text on vegetarianism/veganism. I had only to read the first chapter before going vegetarian and became fully vegan soon after.