Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production

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  • Titel:Defending Beef: The Case for Sustainable Meat Production
  • Dateiname: defending-beef-the-case-for-sustainable-meat-production.pdf
  • ISBN: 226401603585362
  • Datum des Hochladens: 2020-01-15
  • Anzahl der Seiten: 415 Seiten
  • Autor: Nicolette Hahn Niman
  • Verlag: Nicolette Hahn Niman


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Pressestimmen 'In response to the ecological objection that cattle production produces more harm than good biologist environmental lawyer long-time vegetarian and rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman presents the case that raising cattle can in fact have many environmental benefits. These benefits she argues include helping to sustain grassland as well as producing nutrient efficient products for human consumption. Using scientific data Niman argues how small-scale grass-fed cattle operations are actually part of a long-term sustainability solution.'--Food Tank 'Top 10 Books About Food in 2014''A longtime critic of industrial agriculture and a lawyer by training Niman mounts a lawyerly case for pasture-based beef production. She does so from an interested position. She's the wife of Bill Niman one of the nation's most celebrated grass-based ranchers. But critics who want to dismiss Niman's advocacy on economic-interest grounds have to grapple with the mountains of evidence she brings to bear. The main ecological question that haunts grass-fed beef involves climate change. Cows emit methane a greenhouse gas far more potent than carbon when they burp which is often. But by grazing they also promote healthy flourishing grasslands which suck carbon from the atmosphere and store it in soil. In doing so they convert a wild vegetation that people can't digest into a highly nourishing foodstuff. So on balance do cows contribute to or mitigate climate change? The conventional view holds that the burps win. Niman casts more than reasonable doubt on that verdict. Citing loads of research she argues that enteric emissions (methane from burps) are likely overstated and can be curtailed by breeding and techniques like abundant salt licks and more than offset by the carbon-gulping capacity of intensive grazing (where farmers run dense herds through a pasture for a short time and then give the land plenty of time to recover). She also shows that healthy pastures also provide plenty of other benefits including habitat for pollinating insects and birds which are declining rapidly as industrial grain farming--mostly for grain to feed confined animals--expands.'--Tom Philpott Mother Jones Best Food Books of 2014'[T]he former environmental lawyer and now rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman ... has now collected her thoughts in the elegant strongly argued Defending Beef.'--Corby Kummer The Atlantic Best Food Books of 2014The Wall Street Journal- 'Using a potent mix of scientific data and neoteric theories about health and environment Ms. Niman makes a convincing case that grass-fed cattle should be a part of a sustainable food culture. If I were not already a consumer of grass-fed beef (I buy it frozen) I would be upon reading this book. ... The problems with beef today 'are problems of land management water resources pollution animal welfare and food safety ' Ms. Niman writes. She honors the cattleman culture hoping the industry will self-correct and to that end she shares the techniques that her husband developed to produce great-tasting grass-fed beef. Some of the author's observations touch on larger topics like the gross amount of food waste in this country (a whopping 50% of all food produced) and how our system of food subsidies 'leads us to eat an abundance of unhealthy foods.' These problems actually suggest pathways by which you and I might drive change but they are not explored here. That may be because 'Defending Beef' is true to its title: It seeks to persuade not inflame.' Acres U.S.A.- 'The irony could not be more acute for this vegetarian makes as forceful and compelling a case for rational livestock husbandry as could be imagined. ... A wealth of personal experience percolates through her case giving it detail color and emotional logic. ... The trick to telling this kind of story has to do with rendering reams of data into a relatively swift narrative without oversimplifying it. Whether telling the story of Allan Savory and mob grazing or recapping the findings of the late John Yudkin--author of Pure White and Deadly that fingered sugar for crimes against health 40 years ago--Hahn Niman never misses a step. ... Defending Beef gives advocates of sustainable livestock a powerful weapon.' 'Creating healthful delicious food in ecological balance is among humanity's greatest challenges. In this insightful book Nicolette Hahn Niman shows why cattle on grass are an essential element. Every chef in America should read this book.'--Alice Waters executive chef founder/owner Chez Panisse Berkeley CA'Anyone who doubts that beef can be part of a sustainable food system and healthy diet should read this book. Defending Beef proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that we can feel good about eating beef that's raised the right way.'--Steve Ells founder and CEO Chipotle Mexican Grill'Defending Beef is a brave clear-headed and necessary addition to the discussion about sustainable food systems. Using hard data and solid scientific research Nicolette Hahn Niman a lawyer turned rancher presents a convincing case that everything we thought we knew about the environmental and human health damage caused by beef is just plain wrong.'--Barry Estabrook author Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed our Most Alluring Fruit'I have traveled to every state in the U.S. during both summer and winter and have seen the land in extensive rural areas. There are huge land areas in this country that cannot be used for crops. The only way to grow food on these lands is grazing animals. Grazing done properly will improve the land. Defending Beef shows clearly that beef cattle are an important part of sustainable agriculture.'--Temple Grandin author of Animals Make Us Human and Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University'Anyone hesitating to eat beef due to environmental or nutritional concerns needs to learn the other side of the story. Defending Beef is both scientifically accurate and highly readable. Kudos to Nicolette Hahn Niman for successfully engaging in one of the biggest environmental tensions of our day.'--Joel Salatin farmer and author Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende Nicolette Hahn Niman is the author of Defending Beef. She previously served as senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance running their campaign to reform the concentrated production of livestock and poultry. In recent years she has gained a national reputation as an advocate for sustainable food production and improved farm-animal welfare. She is the author of Righteous Porkchop (HarperCollins 2009) and has written for numerous publications including the New York Times Los Angeles Times Huffington Post and The Atlantic online. She lives on a ranch in Northern California with her husband Bill Niman and their two sons.

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