In the Impacts of Livestock Production, Peter R. Cheeke writes about the animal rights movement, antibiotics in livestock, competition between people and domestic animals for grains, and the environmental aspects of livestock production. He does it in a calm way, without demonizing those who criticize the livestock industry. His approach is unusual because he is professor of comparative nutrition at Oregon State University, Corvallis, and his book is intended as a text for agricultural students at land grant universities. Beyond imparting information, Cheeke strives to lower the tone of the food debate and help farmers and others to understand that the critics of our food-production system raise legitimate, important questions.
Interstate Publishers, Inc., Danville, IL (800/843-4774). 1993. $37.25 paper. 241 pages.
* Ed Marston