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Win a copy of High Steaks by Eleanor Boyle

Each day, the average North American consumes over 322g of meat per day (120kg per year), with the average person in Australia and New Zealand not far behind. Europeans consume slightly more than 200g of meat (76kg per year).

Posted : 31 October 2012


Scientists say the amounts of meat now eaten, and the ways livestock are raised, appear to exceed the carrying capacity of the planet, resulting in a significant contribution to climate change, water pollution, deforestation, and other environmental crises.  Maintaining our current level of consumption is ecologically impossible in the long-term.

High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat, by Eleanor Boyle, takes a hard look at this issue and demonstrates how consumers and societies can make livestock sustainable for the 21st century.

The book documents the disastrous consequences of modern large-scale industrial meat production and excessive consumption including:

  • The loss of vast tracts of arable land and fresh water to intensive livestock production
  • Increased pollution, loss of biodiversity, deforestation and accelerating climate change
  • The environmental and health impacts of too much animal fat, antibiotics and other chemicals in our food.

High Steaks describes progressive food policy shifts that will discourage factory farming and encourage people to eat in ways that support ecosystems and personal health. It also suggests a number of strategies – including supporting Meat Free Monday – to help us cut back on our consumption of animal products.

Meat Free Monday is giving away five copies of High Steaks. For your chance to win one, all you have to do is email [email protected].

The competition closes on Monday 26th November at 5pm, when the winner will be drawn at random.

You can also check out Eleanor Boyle’s blog right here.


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