meatonomics“Impressive research, incisive prose, and the passion of a muckraker.”
– James McWilliams, Ph.D., author of Just Food

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Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy.  Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways.

This is the first book to add up the huge “externalized” costs that the animal food system imposes on taxpayers, animals and the environment, and it finds these costs total about $414 billion yearly.  With yearly retail sales of around $250 billion, that means that for every $1 of product they sell, meat and dairy producers impose almost $2 in hidden costs on the rest of us.  A $4 Big Mac really costs society about $11, and regardless whether you even eat meat, you incur a share of $7 in external  costs each time someone buys a burger.

Perhaps more troubling, consumers have lost the ability to decide for ourselves what – and how much – to eat.  Those decisions are made instead by animal food producers who control our buying choices with artificially-low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation.  Learn how and why they do it and how you can respond.

Written in a clear and accessible style, Meatonomics provides vital insight into how the economics of animal food production influence our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity.

  1. Hey Dave! My husband and I are both looking forward to reading your book. I know it took a long time to finish, but what an accomplishment. Congrats! Celeste 🙂

  2. […] of how he went vegan. I’m reblogging it today because Dave recently let me know that his book, Meatonomics will be published in September. I was excited to hear this because I know he has been working on […]

  3. […] Simon is a lawyer, writer, and animal advocate.  His forthcoming book, Meatonomics (Conari Press, 2013), explores the rigged economics of meat and dairy and the massive hidden costs […]

  4. […] that got him into a new course in life and now he’s about to share with us all in his book Meatonomics. I invite you to read it and take what you feel connects with […]

  5. […] excerpt from Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much—and How to Eat B… by David Robinson Simon  ( Conari Press, […]

  6. […] following is an excerpt from Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much—and How to Eat B… [2] by David Robinson Simon  (Conari Press [3], […]

  7. […] Written in a clear and accessible style, Meatonomics provides vital insight into how the economics of animal food production influence our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity. From MEATONOMIC$ website […]

  8. […] On October 2nd, I wrote the post, Popcorn Activism, A Fun Way to Help Animals. The basis of Popcorn Activism is to use movies like, Vegucated, to promote awareness about veganism. To generate interest in this idea, I hosted a giveaway of a signed copy of the book, Meatonomics. […]

  9. […] the cost of farming animals is tremendous, but, as attorney David Simon shows in his new book, Meatonomics, diet related health care is only one of many ways that the U.S. government allows meat, egg and […]

  10. […] For more information and additional solutions, get the book Meatonomics. […]

  11. […] my book Meatonomics, I look at the latest data on fish farming and explore whether it’s really the silver bullet to […]

  12. Mary Williams says:

    People need to be more informed…My doctor told me about fish from China that we should not be eating. That is just one thing. Great article and I am so glad I read it.

  13. […] OHH article is an excerpt from Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of Meat and Dairy, by David Robinson Simon. We love this book, which is evidenced by our review and our recent […]

  14. […] published (as well as some oldies) from the world of animal rights. Today’s excerpt is from Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of Meat and Dairy, by David Robinson Simon — who was recently featured on the Our Hen House podcast (Episode […]

  15. […] need a lot of protein and that it should come mostly from animals. Balderdash! Check out the book, Meatonomics, to see exactly how the meat and dairy industries dupe […]

  16. […] de apresentação do novo livro Meatonomics (em inglês), sobre a economia do consumo de […]

  17. Everything in this universe is interconnected, the littlest of our actions (karmas) has an impact on our environment and the eco system around us.

    Abusing animals and inflicting pain on them simply for our eating pleasure is reprehensible especially when there are healthier and more sustainable alternatives lika plant based diets, a pratical example is the millions of Hindus and Buddhist who are vegetarians mainly on the Asian sub-continent.

    Have a look at some shocking facts on animal cruelty and our diet @

  18. […] on this and other issues related to animal food production, check out my just-released book Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much – and How to Eat… (Conari Press, […]

  19. Mary says:

    You are a hero for the animals Dave! I look forward to reading your book soon. KUDO’s on this critical piece of work.

  20. […] author david robinson simon discusses meatonomic$, his new book about how the hidden costs of animal food production contribute to increased meat and […]

  21. Quora says:

    Why are veggie burgers more expensive than beef patties?

    I wish more people would ask this question! There is the skewed economics in favor of meat production, in the form of subsidies and externalities. The book “Meatonomics: How the Rigged Economics of Meat and Dairy Make You Consume Too Much-and How to E…

  22. […] … that is, buying new things is better than fixing old ones. But as I discuss in my book Meatonomics, this eerie futuristic fantasy — with government using marketing slogans and other undue […]

  23. […] Seventy-one-year-old Govindacharya may have a strained, now-on-now-off relationship with the BJP, but his proximity to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has never been in question. (In fact, it was Govindacharya who spearheaded efforts to take the BJP out of its ‘upper’-caste image, making inroads into the so-called ‘backward’ castes, paving the way for the emergence of an OBC leader like Modi, which even writers like Christophe Jaffrelot have acknowledged.) He is still plugged into his informal network within the Sangh Parivar. He referred me to the Jain Trust Viniyog Parivar of Mumbai and to David Simon Robinson’s book 2013 Meatonomics. […]

  24. Jenna says:

    I would like to read your book, and a few others of similar topic. However, like your theories of not paying for meat, dairy etc. to get your point across. I don’t necessarily want to spent $20+ and shipping on a book that I don’t agree with, but would like to see the facts in. If you would be interested in sending me a copy, I would like to hear what you have to say about the industry.

  25. […] et Lusk) ou encore avec le dessein de chiffrer les externalités de l’exploitation animale (voir Meatonomics de Simon) et rarement par des abolitionnistes voulant faire le portrait d’une possible économie […]

  26. […] we need more information about people’s values of the ‘abstract’. For instance, one study found that people would pay just $0.57 to move a laying hen from a cage to a free range system and […]

  27. […] The following article was written by David Robinson Simon, author of Meatonomics. […]

  28. Harriet says:

    Hello, does anybody living around the UK have a copy (in new/good condition) they would like to sell? I am very interested in reading this book, but I would rather not buy it new from the big stores! Would really appreciate a reply xxx

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