Plants vs. Meats: The Health, History, and Ethics of What We Eat
Plants vs. Meats: The Health, History, and Ethics of What We Eat
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Annotation: Learn about the religious and cultural views, as well as the health, nutrition, economic, and sustainability concerns that influence dieting choices.
Genre: Cookbooks
Catalog Number: #113248
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Common Core/STEAM: STEAM STEAM Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2016
Pages: 96 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-467-78011-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-467-78011-7
Dewey: 641.5
LCCN: 2015007494
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up With information about new eating regimes and environmental and health concerns coming out each year, this is a timely, student-friendly primer on the historical, nutritional, and ethical impacts of what and how humans eat. Discussing popular diets, from paleo to locavore, as well as the history of the growth and consumption of food from prehistoric times to the present, this book presents facts from both sides of the vegetarian-omnivore debate, leaving readers to make their own food choices. Sections on the business of farming and the environmental impact of raising animals and crops are eye-opening, highlighting fascinating tidbits ("it takes 441 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef"). References to pop culture figures, such as Beyonce, who is a vegan, and a final chapter on recent food developments, including 3-D-printed food, add further appeal. The material is well organized and well labeled and supported by interesting and colorful images and sidebars. VERDICT This solid introduction to where food comes from and the consequences of its consumption and production is a worthy addition. Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Hughes offers a compact but comprehensive guide to food production and consumption in the U.S., taking on its history, as well as ethical and health concerns, in the interest of fostering conscientious eating. While the title implies a focus on vegetarianism, the scope is far broader. Hughes lays out an array of dietary options getarian, vegan, flexitarian, omnivore, and so on oting the discussion in personal choice. After establishing that people typically give up eating meat for heath or ethical reasons, she takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the major areas impacting the food we eat. First, she looks at the influence that religion, availability, and historical factors (especially war) have had on food consumption. Next up: fad diets. Hughes effectively exonerates maligned foods (fat, carbs, sugar, gluten), pointing to the drawbacks of excess, preservatives, and refined ingredients, while offering expert opinions and contrasting viewpoints in food debates. The following chapter examines food production, comparing industrial and smaller-scale farming practices. Animal welfare is addressed but not sensationalized, as are the pros and cons of monoculture, genetically engineered, and organic crops. Finally, she turns to ideas of sustainability and the future of farming, encouraging readers to be knowledgeable about their choices. Fact boxes and color illustrations further enhance this admirably balanced, bite-size primer on ethical eating.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 90-93) and index.
Reading Level: 8.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Reading Counts!: reading level:12.9 / points:8.0 / quiz:Q69149
Lexile: 1250L

No one can live without food, but what you eat is a personal decision. Today many people are examining nutritional advice and choosing to eat more vegetables and fruits and less meat. But is all meat bad for you? What does the science say? People also make food choices for ethical and religious reasons. Some vegetarians and vegans avoid meat because they believe killing animals is wrong. Other people shun meat from factory farms. Recently, more people are seeking out foods grown locally and organically. What do you choose to eat and why? This book will help you make decisions to support your values.

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