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Meatonomics author says government working with meat and dairy industry to boost consumption

Elle Hunt: ‘David Robinson Simon, a Californian attorney and author, has argued that meat and dairy producers in the US and, increasingly, Australia, are teaming with governments to encourage people to consume more animal products than they otherwise would. In his book Meatonomics, he laid out the part played by subsidies, legislation and regulation in the provision of meat, eggs and dairy at the prices and in the quantities that consumers had become accustomed to. “This triple whammy of messaging, legislation and price control … deprives consumers of the ability to make informed and independent decisions of what and how much to eat,” he said in a guest lecture organised by the the not-for-profit Voiceless Animal Protection Institute at the University of Sydney…

“Both in the US and Australia, our federal governments are engaged in a campaign to support industry and bombard us with messages to get us to consume more meat, eggs and dairy,” Simon said… He said the same forces were at work in Australia, where industry had influence over standard-setting, and legislation decriminalised abuse of factory-raised animals and insulated the producers from scrutiny and liability’. SOURCE…

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