"Simon Fairlie's Meat: A Benign Extravagance is the sanest book I have read on the subject of how the human race is going to feed itself in the years ahead."
—Gene Logsdon, Author of Holy Shit and The Contrary Farmer
"Simon Fairlie provides us with an unusual and extremely important gift in his new book, Meat: A Benign Extravagance. Everyone interested in how their food choices can affect the ecological, social, and economic health of the communities in which they live should read this book."
—Frederick Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.
"This book is a masterpiece: original, challenging and brilliantly argued. Simon Fairlie is a great thinker and a great writer."
—George Monbiot, Environmental and political activist, author and journalist
"This is a tremendous and very timely book: the world's meat consumption is rapidly rising, leading to devastating environmental impacts as well as having long term health implications for societies everywhere. Simon Fairlie's book lays out the reasons why we must decrease the amount of meat we eat, both for the planet and for ourselves. This brilliant book is essential reading for anyone who cares about food and the environment."
—Rosie Boycott, Founder of Spare Rib and Virago Press, ex-editor of the Independent, Independent on Sunday, Daily Express and Esquire magazine, broadcaster, writer and campaigner, and currently Food Advisor to the Mayor of London
"No-one has ever analysed the world's food and agriculture more astutely than Simon Fairlie—an original thinker and a true scholar. Here he shows that while meat is generally a luxury it is often the best option, and could always be turned to advantage—if only we did things properly; but this, with present economic policies and legal restrictions, is becoming less and less possible. Everyone should read this book—especially governments, and all campaigners."
—Colin Tudge, Biologist and author