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Wanted Dead and Alive

The Case for South Africa's Cattle

by Gregory Mthembu-Salter

Given what we know about climate change, should we still be raising and eating cattle? And how do we weigh the cultural and economic value of cattle against their environmental impact? This engaging book brings history, science, economics and popular culture together in a timely discussion about whether current practices can be justified in a period of rapid climate change.

Journalist Gregory Mthembu-Salter first encountered South Africa’s love of cattle during his own lobola negotiations. The book traces his personal journey through kraals, rangelands and feedlots across South Africa to find out more about the national hunger for cattle. He takes a broad sweep – drawing on such diverse sources as politicians involved in land reform, history, braai-side interviews with cattle farmers and abattoir owners, conversations with his mother-in-law, and analysis of cutting-edge science.

ISBN 9781928466130 | 194 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2019 | Cover2Cover Books, South Africa | Paperback



‘Passionately and colourfully, Gregory Mthembu-Salter walks us through history and causes us to look at our future differently, perching us uncomfortably on the horns of multiple dilemmas.’

President Cyril Ramaphosa

‘An intelligent, lovely read – with well-researched historical background.’

Mphuthumi Ntabeni, author of The Broken River Tent

‘This eye-opening book takes the discussion back to first principles … and it suggests a possible route to satisfying both human and climate justice.’

Mandi Smallhorne, President, South African Science Journalists’ Association



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