Fact and friction in American food

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  • 1 Covid-19
  • 2 The Carnivore’s Dilemma
1 Covid-19
2 The Carnivore's Dilemma

Our meat eating habits, no longer a matter of basic sustenance, have become ethically fraught, deeply personal questions: Money. Health. Animal welfare. Environmental impact.

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