Dave Simon's Meatonomics Shows Compelling Economic Reasons to Go Plant-Based
You may be familiar with three major motives to ditch animal foods: your own health, the health of the planet, and animal suffering. To these, Dave Simon - author, lawyer, and animal advocate - adds a fourth powerful argument. His book Meatonomics builds an economic basis to move toward a plant-based diet by showing the high monetary cost to taxpayers of meat, fish, and dairy.
Meatonomics is clearly written, original, and compelling. As vegan choices become more popular and accepted, while the US economy languishes in a frail economic recovery with a dysfunctional government in Washington, Meatonomics is well-timed to ride the wave of plant-based awareness and show a $414 billion dollar hidden drain on economic activity.
If the true cost of animal foods were charged at the grocery store, the price of these items would almost triple. The animal foods industries are even significantly more costly and destructive than tobacco is. Meat, fish, and dairy are a parasitic forces sucking money from needed uses to the subsidy of illness and destruction caused by using animals for food.
Government works hand-in-hand with industry to convince consumers to eat huge amounts of health-destroying animal foods. Children are surrounded with messages to drink milk and eat meat, and in fact have little choice in most school lunches. Dietary choices solidify in adulthood to ensure that the meat, fish, and dairy industries never lack for customers.
I wanted more insight into how Meatonomics came to be written, and was fortunate to contact Dave Simon for his own story. "I used to be a classic junk-food junkie, living on chili dogs, bacon double-cheeseburgers, and sausage pizzas," Dave told me. "I never had the slightest idea that these foods might be hurting me or the planet, or that the animals they come from might be raised in inhumane ways. Today, I’m vegan and eat only plant-based foods. I confess I still have a taste for the greasy and salty, but at least now the things I eat have no cholesterol and very little saturated fat. I try to avoid using oil in cooking or salad dressings, as I figure I get plenty of it in the prepared foods I eat."
Dave made the choice to go plant-based in the spring of 2008. I asked him why.