After Meat: The Case for an Amazing, Meat-Free World is a non-fiction, science/technology book, which argues that the inefficiency of animals in food production means inevitable and imminent replacement. Hardcover, paperback, digital (EPUB/Kindle), and audiobook versions are available.
Animals make for terrible technology. The technological use of animals–making food, drugs, clothing, and cosmetics out of animal material–will cease. A cow takes over one year to grow, “wastes” around ninety percent of what she’s fed, and cannot be innovated much further. After Meat explains the fundamental limits of animal technology in terms of physics and biology. Replacement technology such as microbial fermentation will surpass those limits. Eventually, we’ll have food that is better in every way–in terms of taste, cost, nutrition, resource consumption, and ethics–because we won’t use animals to produce it.
You can preview the Table of Contents and Introduction here to get a sense for the topics, style, and arguments. Julia Allum illustrated the cover. Tom Morgan designed the book. Brandon Crowther, Michael Sanders, and Genevieve Morgan edited After Meat. Award-winning Laurel Lefkow narrates the audiobook version of After Meat.
This project was motivated to be a catalyst for the transition beyond animal products. I believe in the power of books–I, myself, would not have written After Meat without some influential books and writing changing the way I think. I hope for After Meat to similarly impact readers. I intend for its arguments increase the optimism and zeal for a new, amazing era of food. To further potentiate the movement, 100% of the book’s royalties will be donated to the following charities:
- The Good Food Institute
- Animal Charity Evaluators’ Recommended Charity Fund
- Effective Altruism’s Animal Welfare Fund
Orders can be placed at the following retailers (among others):
- Barnes & Noble
- Smashwords (EPUB/MOBI is pay-what-you-want, including nothing)
- Payhip (PDF/audiobook is pay-what-you-want, including nothing)
I don’t want money to be a reason for lack of access; you can download the book without paying anything. Success of this project is measured by the amount of engagement with these ideas. Sales are secondary.
I’ll update this website with reviews and blurbs as they come in.