‘Should We Eat Meat?’ by Vaclav Smil

‘Yes, But Not Much’

Score: 4/5

Oh boy this is a dense book. It is full of facts and figures, all well researched and referenced. And that’s great! But it does make it very hard to read.

It took me a long time to read this book. I’d pick it up, make it through a couple of paragraphs, and that would be enough for my tiny brain for a while.

It covers an important subject and has some interesting views. There’s much talk these days about the energy efficiency of meat, and how a hectare of fields can produce X cattle or Y grain and the grain is invariably more efficient in terms of feeding people. But that’s not the whole story. The book delves into areas like this, finding out where efficiencies exist, where eradicating meat production would introduce waste, and expands upon the costs of an entirely plant-based diet.

It’s not entirely an efficiency question either, I get that. But if you ever wanted to know the details of the costs and energy efficiencies involved, then this is the book for you.

Good luck.

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