Book ID: CBB191901096

Meat Makes People Powerful: A Global History of the Modern Era (2018)


Warren, Wilson J. (Author)

University of Iowa Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 278
Language: English

From large-scale cattle farming to water pollution, meat— more than any other food—has had an enormous impact on our environment. Historically, Americans have been among the most avid meat-eaters in the world, but long before that meat was not even considered a key ingredient in most civilizations’ diets. Labor historian Wilson Warren, who has studied the meat industry for more than a decade, provides this global history of meat to help us understand how it entered the daily diet, and at what costs and benefits to society.Spanning from the nineteenth century to current and future trends, Warren walks us through the economic theory of food, the discovery of protein, the Japanese eugenics debate around meat, and the environmental impact of livestock, among other topics. Through his comprehensive, multifaceted research, he provides readers with the political, economic, social, and cultural factors behind meat consumption over the last two centuries. With a special focus on East Asia, Meat Makes People Powerful reveals how national governments regulated and oversaw meat production, helping transform virtually vegetarian cultures into major meat consumers at record speed.As more and more Americans pay attention to the sources of the meat they consume, Warren’s compelling study will help them not only better understand the industry, but also make more informed personal choices. Providing an international perspective that will appeal to scholars and nutritionists alike, this timely examination will forever change the way you see the food on your plate.

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Scholliers, Peter
Stephens, Neil
Sanford, A. Whitney
Rudy, Kathy
Wallach, Jennifer Jensen
Calvert, Scout
Science as Culture
Journal of American Culture
Slavonic and East European Review
Food and History
Medical History
Public Understanding of Science
University Press of Kentucky
Rowman & Littlefield
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
University of North Carolina Press
Food and foods
Food industry and trade
Food science; food technology
Meat industry and trade
Public health
Haraway, Donna Jeanne
Plumwood, Val
Great Britain
United States
Brussels (Belgium)
19th century
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
18th century
20th century, early
Great Britain. Royal Navy

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