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Author David Robinson Simon discusses his new book Meatonomics

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Hailed as "spectacularly important" by John Robbins (author of Diet for a New America), Meatonomics (Conari Press) is the first book to explore the unseen economic forces that drive animal food production. The author's talk offers an overview of some of the book’s startling findings, including the strange ways that economic forces affect consumers’ spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity.

One startling revelation is that consumers have largely lost the ability to decide for ourselves what – and how much – to eat. Instead, those decisions are rigged by meat and dairy producers who control our buying choices with artificially low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation. Discover what makes this bizarre system tick and how it can be fixed.

Free and open to all, please invite anyone you think may be interested. Special bonus: free vegan cupcakes courtesy of vegan restaurant Terri ( )!

David Robinson Simon is a lawyer and advocate for sustainable consumption. He works as general counsel for a healthcare company and serves on the board of the APRL Fund, a non-profit dedicated to protecting animals. David received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.



“We like to think we live in a democracy, where public officials tend the general welfare. But increasingly, corporate lobbyists write our laws, and corporate interests dictate what we are allowed to know. David Simon’s book is spectacularly important, because it lifts the veil and shows how the meat and dairy industries rig the game, and thus are able to stuff us with foods that imperil our health, devastate the environment, and cause unrelenting cruelty to billions of animals. He reveals the massive subsidies that make industrial meat and dairy products seem cheap, when in fact they are destroying our lives and our future. He lets us see what these industries don’t want us to see–the true cost we are paying for their products. And he shows us the steps we need to take, as individuals and as a society, to restore both our economic sanity and our health.”
- John Robbins, author of The Food Revolution, No Happy Cows, and Diet For a New America

“A lively, well-researched look at society’s many misconceptions about the production and consumption of meat. If you eat meat, you owe it to your body and your planet to read this book.”
- Rory Freedman, author of Beg and co-author of the Skinny Bitch series

“Bringing cheap meat to the American table not only degrades the American palate, but it requires a series of corrupt bargains. David Robinson Simon exposes this corruption with impressive research, incisive prose, and the passion of a muckraker. The ultimate novelty of Simon’s book is to portray our excessive consumption of animal products as a profound governmental failure, one abetted by corporate greed and systematic consumer deception. Depressing as the story of meat can be, Simon leaves the leader feeling empowered and inspired to eat in a way that reflects our deepest values as concerned consumers. One finished this book ready to make a change.”
- James McWilliams, Ph.D., author of Just Food


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Meatonomics is scheduled for release in September 2013. Be among the first to get the scoop on this groundbreaking new book.