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Defending Beef

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Nicolette Hahn Niman

The Case for Sustainable Meat Production


For decades it has been nearly universal dogma among environmentalists and health advocates that cattle and beef are public enemy number one.


But is the matter really so clear cut? Hardly, argues environmental lawyer turned rancher Nicolette Hahn Niman in her new book,Defending Beef.

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In Defending Beef, Hahn Niman argues that cattle are not inherently bad for either the Earth or our own nutritional health. In fact, properly managed livestock play an essential role in maintaining grassland ecosystems by functioning as surrogates for herds of wild ruminants that once covered the globe. Hahn Niman argues that dispersed, grass-fed, small-scale farms can and should become the basis for American food production, replacing the factory farms that harm animals and the environment.

Copyright 2014, softcover, 288 pages

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