Worldwatch Institute

Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry


In Happier Meals: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry, Worldwatch researcher Danielle Nierenberg documents the harmful effects of factory farming in both industrialized and developing countries and explains the range of consequences for the environment, human health and communities. From transmission of disease and loss of livestock diversity to hazardous and unsanitary processing methods, this book shows clearly why factory farming is an unsafe, inhumane, and ecologically disruptive form of meat production.

On the brighter side, Happier Meals tells you how you can make a difference by supporting local, organic, or pasture-raised animal products; embracing alternative production methods; or including a few vegetarian meals a week to help ensure that meat is made better for people, the environment, and the animals themselves.

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Aug. 2005

The Jungle, Revisited
The Disassembly Line
Appetite for Destruction
Spreading Disease
Happier Meals
Figure 1: World Meat Production, 1961–2004
Figure 2: World Meat Production by Source, 2004
Figure 3: World Meat Production per Person, 1961–2004
Figure 4: The Ins and Outs of Meat Production
Table 1: Selected Food Animal Breeds in Danger of Disappearing
Table 2: Selected Animal Diseases That Can Spread to Humans
Table 3: Selected Food-borne Pathogens
Sidebar 1: The Life of a Chicken
Sidebar 2: Factory Farms of the Sea
Sidebar 3: Eating Up the Forests
Country Study 1: Poland
Country Study 2: Mexico
Country Study 3: China
Country Study 4: India

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