The fat of the land: Linking american food overconsumption, obesity, and biodiversity loss [Book Review]

Americans’ excessive consumption of food harms their health and quality of life and also causes direct and indirect environmental degradation, through habitat loss and increased pollution from agricultural fertilizers and pesticides. We show here that reducing food consumption (and eating less meat) could improve Americans’ health and well-being while facilitating environmental benefits ranging from establishing new national parks and protected areas to allowing more earth-friendly farming and ranching techniques. We conclude by considering various public policy initiatives to lower per capita caloric intake and excessive meat consumption, and to translate this temperate behavior into substantial environmental protection
Keywords biodiversity  consumption  environmental protection  food ethics  obesity  overconsumption  sustainability  temperance
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Joshua Colt Gambrel & Philip Cafaro (2010). The Virtue of Simplicity. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 23 (1-2):85-108.
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