Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals: The Future of Food (Hardcover)

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Partially written as if from the future, Van Voorst imagines a world of vegans who cannot believe humans ever ate meat. The environmental reasons for being vegan are compelling: the use of animal meat, dairy, and eggs are responsible for more greenhouse gases than all modes of transportation combined. These industries also use and pollute more water than any other industry and account for almost one-half of land use. Meat-like vegan foods are rapidly coming on the market and are usually reasonably easy to prepare. Choose two nights a week to eat vegan, and you will, indeed, make an important difference.

— Kay Wosewick


Combining the ethical clarity of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals with the disquieting vision of Alan Weissman’s bestseller The World Without Us, a thought-provoking, entertaining exploration of a future where animal consumption is a thing of the past.

Though increasing numbers of people know that eating meat is detrimental to our planet’s health, many still can’t be convinced to give up eating meat. But how can we change behavior when common arguments and information aren’t working?

 Acclaimed anthropologist Roanne Van Voorst changes the dialogue. In Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals, she shifts the focus from the present looking forward to the future looking back—imagining a world in which most no longer use  animals for food, clothing, or other items. By shifting the viewpoint, she offers a clear and compelling vision of what it means to live in a world without meat.

A massive shift is already taking place—everything van Voorst covers in this book has already been invented and is being used today by individuals and small organizations worldwide. 

Hopeful and persuasive, Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals offers a tantalizing vision of what is not only possible but perhaps inevitable. 

About the Author

Roanne van Voorst is a futures-anthropologist (Ph.D.), writer, (Tedx)speaker and moderator. She is president of the Dutch Future Society and works as a lecturer and researcher in Sustainable Humanity and Futures-Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her work has taken her all around the world: from Inuit settlements in Greenland, to Indonesian villages, to sex doll brothels in Europe and Virtual-Reality worlds. www.roannevanvoorst.com

Praise For…

"Once Upon a Time We Ate Animals cracks open the door to a kinder, more sustainable future." — New York Journal of Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780063005884
ISBN-10: 0063005883
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: December 28th, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English