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Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle Culture

Rifkin, Jeremy

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ISBN 10: 0525934200 / ISBN 13: 9780525934202
Published by Dutton, New York, 1992
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xi, 353 p. Notes. Selected Bibliography. Index. From the sacred cow to steaks grilling in the backyard, this is the story of the complex, pivotal relationship forged between human beings and cattle over the millennia of Western history. Rifkin links the issues of animal abuse, environmental degradation and public health in this persuasive book. Photographs and line drawings. Very good in very good dust jacket. Publisher's ephemera laid in. DJ has slight wear, soiling, and edge wear. Minor edge soiling. Bookseller Inventory # 61833

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Title: Beyond Beef: The Rise and Fall of the Cattle...

Publisher: Dutton, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First edition. First printing [stated].

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Traces the history of human beef consumption and asks why Western civilization continues to raise and eat the cattle that threaten the global environment, human health, and economic stability. 35,000 first printing. National ad/promo. Tour.

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Rifkin (Biosphere Politics, p. 460, etc.), who seems to turn out environmental calls to arms on an assembly line, now turns his guns on beef--in this survey of the cattle culture's destructive role in the modern world and in history. Citing the works of others, Rifkin points to paleolithic bull and cow cults, to the clash several millennia ago between peaceful matrilineal agriculturalists and nomadic cattle herders who arose around the Ukraine and spread throughout the Old World, and to the North American West--where native populations and the buffalo they lived off were displaced and slaughtered to make room for the cattle industry, much of it financed by British interests, and where US taxpayers continue to subsidize beef ranchers and packers. None of this is original; and readers of vegetarian and animal- rights literature will already be familiar with the points addressed in Rifkin's subsequent indictment of our multinational- driven cattle culture with its devastating effect on the economies of developing countries; on the lives of starving Third World populations; and on the health of affluent populations who ``gorge'' on beef, tropical forests, the water supply, soil, and the global atmosphere. Animal Factories (1980) by Jim Mason and Peter Singer, as well as Food First (1977) and other works by Frances Moore Lapp‚ and Joseph Collins, are among the widely read works that are more forcefully and solidly argued. Nor are Rifkin's modish touches of punning deconstruction truly eye-opening. Rifkin's vision of a future ``beyond beef'' is only that, absent strategies or specifics. Still, by putting all this readably together, he might well win a new and different audience. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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