"Psychological and Environmental Aspects of Who We Eat" by Marc Bekoff Ph.D., Aug 26, 2016
A new book explores how our meal plans are ruining earth and remedies for change
"A few weeks ago I discovered a recently published book by Moses Seenarine called Meat Climate Change: The 2nd Leading Cause of Global Warming. I was deeply impressed by his global perspective and his detailed analysis of the psychological, social, and environmental issues that center on our choices of who (not what) to eat, and how changes in our meal plans could make positive changes for the future. His discussion of the psychology of denial (pp. 50ff), including marked gender differences, is excellent, and should be of interest to numerous Psychology Today readers."
"I was incredibly impressed with Meat Climate Change and I hope it reaches a wide audience. The facts of how we are ruining our magnificent planet by our meal plans are indisputable as are the facts about how our meal plans influence us personally and globally. As Mr. Seenarine notes, it is essential to "put livestock production on the agenda of climate talks" and also that we do all we can to leave our children and theirs the very best Earth possible. This must be our mandate for the future."
"An argument for combating climate change through modifying agricultural practices and eating habits.
Seenarine (Education and Empowerment Among Dalit (Untouchable) Women in India, 2004) argues for a meatless diet as a key tactic for reducing greenhouse gases, minimizing weather changes, and improving human health. The book provides a dense overview of current climate science and policy, and reviews the impact of rising temperatures on not only the physical environment, but also economics, international relations, and gender politics. The reduction or elimination of meat consumption (referred to here as “carnism”) is held up as the solution to a thoroughly researched, footnoted argument. Seenarine draws on a variety of research to present a solid case for recognizing meat production as a significant factor in greenhouse-gas emissions." - Kirkus Reviews, 7/2/16
OTHER SELECTIVE REVIEWS
- "In Meat Climate Change, Moses Seenarine offers us one of the most topical debates in world today. This is a unique book that shows how diet is related to one of the most serious environmental problems, a problem which cannot be solved unless animal consumption by humans is significantly reduced. Importantly, the book provides an excellent background on climate literacy, and great insights into climate politics. Moses guides the reader through climate science and dietary change, and related environmental, social and psychological issues. He examines the impacts of climate change and diet on the poor, water, forests, soil, oceans, biodiversity and health, and how animal based diets contribute to the three main greenhouse gases - carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. He explains in detail how livestock's greenhouse gas contributions are assessed and are significantly undercounted. Notably, the book compares future GHG emission projections for fossil fuel and animal based industries. This book is a great call to action." - Minding Animals, Bulletin 34. October, 2016
"The most often reason for people giving up meat is their concern for animals. For many of us compassion for animals is enough. But for others who continue to eat meat on a daily basis, Dr. Seenarine realizes that the vast majority have to recognize the very serious harm they are doing to the environment with a largely meat dietary existence." - in a book review by Suzana Megles on OpEdNews, 7/10/16
- "Dr Moses Seenarine explains that diet is related to one of the most serious environmental problems humans face. He writes that climate change cannot be solved unless animal consumption is significantly reduced and in noting that he says the demand for animal products is projected to increase by 50 percent from 2013 to 2025." - in Beneath the Wisteria: Considering a community and individual response to climate change, 7/24/16
- "the science, statistics, facts, evidence, etc. that you have presented are not just accurate and/or compelling, but READABLE and UNDERSTANDABLE whatever someone’s scientific background (or lack therof) might be." - Veda Stram
- "well written and fascinating piece of work." - P. Fitzgerald
- "This book is a statistical tour-de-force that makes a devastating case against animal agribusiness." - Sailesh Rao
"Dr. Seenarine has written an exhaustively documented, extremely important book about climate change, and how human consumption patterns have contributed to it. This should be required reading for all those who continue to deny the reality of human-caused global warming." - Dr. Margo DeMello, author of Animals and Society
"Dr. Seenarine lays out a compelling environmental case for a societal shift to a plant-based diet. It appears that those who ignore or downplay the role of animal agriculture in climate change are in fact climate change deniers themselves.— Charles Horn, Ph.D., author of Meat Logic: Why Do We Eat Animals?
"This is an important book on a timely topic. Your writing is wonderfully clear and your passion is apparent. Meat Climate Change is the kind of book that should be read by general readers." - Kate Marshal
"I give you so much credit for undertaking and completing this project. The result is outstanding." Len Frenke
"both interesting and important." - Karen Clark
He writes that climate change cannot be solved unless animal consumption is significantly reduced and in noting that he says the demand for animal products is projected to increase by 50 percent from 2013 to 2025.