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Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer | Little, Brown and Company
In his new book, "We Are the Weather," the author suggests fighting climate change by going vegan for two meals a day. Eating Animals shared a post. We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast From Macmillan Publishers : "Some people reject the fact, overwhelmingly supported by scientists, that our planet is warming because of human activity.
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Excellent heartbreaking film about factory farming. Bad for the environment, bad for us, and most al May Very poignant film and it needs to be seen by all of us, not just true agriculture circles! It is ed These are His creatures and is not satisfied with this greedy process of farming! His hand has begun to show us how to help and with your help! Thank you all for this great work and strength, He has given you!
See More. But it has also, in the last six months, been a big, big contribution to the drastic, near complete reduction in my egg and dairy consumption. Because those foods, as much as I love them, are part of the story too. Food choices are deeply personal.
It is also easy to slip into stridency and defensiveness when talking about them, no matter which side you are on. If you are curious, or questioning, read this book. It might change your life too, sort of. And now I am lazily bumping it, because I have accidentally eaten meat a whole bunch of times in the last few weeks after going like 6 months without though in my defense I was on vacation in a country where as far as I know they raise their animals using more humane, old-style techniques.
So anyway I wanted to re-read my review again and re-commit. Then I found a typo. Whether you think animals have any right to exist or even to die with a minimal amount of suffering which I think is also pretty obviously the case, because we all know pain is horrible and try to avoid it, and feel empathy when we hear about people or cute animals suffering, unless we are sociopaths or something , modern factory farming produces food that is frequently unsafe for consumption, and in any case loaded with bacteria seriously, did you know every piece of chicken you buy is bloated with feces-contaminated water, a lot of it, which is there because of the way the animals are slaughtered and processed?
Far from only hurting animals and occasionally making people sick, these practices do great harm to the environment, poisoning the land and the air. Yes, they produce cheap food, but only because the huge corporations that own the farms don't pay for all that environmental damage, and for some reason our government has a totally incomprehensible farm subsidies system in place that somehow makes all this possible and profitable. I don't eat meat anymore, even though I love it and constantly crave it well, not so much chicken anymore. If it was still farmed the way it was years ago, on small farms that treated animals well, but also did far less harm to the environment, I probably would still do it.
You can get that kind of meat today, but it is expensive, because it costs what it should cost.
I do realize that the foods I do eat are also part of a huge corporate system that is still really screwed up I eat bananas and drink coffee, for one thing. The way I see it, cutting out meat, which is by far the most harmful eating practice I engaged in, is the least I can do. Jun 11, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. Eating animals I've always felt wrong for eating meat yet continued to do so.
For some reason, I thought it would be so hard to give up. Over time my conscience spoke louder than my fears denials and the ball has been rolling ever since.
I wanted some extra encouragement, so I ordered this book. I knew about slaughter houses and what goes on: to an extent. Little did I know, I really knew nothing. I've ingested this food all my life! How can I keep this to myself?! All I keep thinking is ,"Everyone needs to know about this! I wish I could convince more people to read this book but some just don't want to hear it. Once you "know" there is no going back.
This is not only about the terror millions of animals experience turkey,chickens,pigs,cows,fish , it's also about the incredible impact it has on our environment and health. Farming as we knew it, is no more. Our meat comes from industrial factory farms that claim they want to feed the people, but in reality, it's all about money, and there is no limit to the extreme measures they take to make it. Regardless of the consequences I can't even begin to describe the horror.
A video that was mentioned in the book, Meet Your Meat, Google it was eye opening and heartbreaking. Watch it.
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I dare you. To those for whom it sounds like a hard decision The ultimate question is whether it's worth the inconvenience. We know, at least, that this decision will help prevent deforestation, curb global warning, reduce pollution, save oil reserves, lesson the burden on rural America, decrease human rights abuse, improve public health, and help eliminate the most systematic animal abuse in world history.
What we don't know, though, may be just as important. How would making such a decision change us? View all 7 comments. Nov 10, Melissa rated it really liked it Shelves: what-the-fuck-are-we-even-doing. I've read Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation and all the types of books that people who are trying to be socially conscious are supposed to read, and I know about the horrors of factory farming and how brutally animals are treated in the course of getting to my plate.
But somehow it's been easier to live with it and ignore it in the past; Pollan even gives you a convenient out at the end of his book, where he "pities" the "dreams of innocence" of the vegetarian. I've never quite had it put to me the way that Safran Foer does, and it is this way that I cannot escape. This book asks just what the hell are you going to do about it? After reading about what's done to pigs in the course of their lives, how can you go buy bacon? And even if you don't want to admit that turkeys and chickens and cows can feel pain, how can you support of an industry that Human Rights Watch says is guilty of "systemic human rights violations"?
I'm not trying to get on a high horse or anything here: I love meat.
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I love these things and I don't want to go without them. But I don't think I can eat meat anymore because whether I asked for it or not, buying their products is supporting their ways. This review's getting too long. I really wish I could just go on pretending that none of this ever happens. View all 11 comments. Factions abound, each with a slightly different take on the issue: those who believe eating meat is immoral; those who believe eating meat from factory farms is immoral; those who believe eating meat is immoral because it's environmentally unsound; those who believe eating meat is bad for your health; those who believe eating meat is fine; those who believe eating some kinds of meat is fine; those who believe eating meat is immoral because animals are sentient beings; and those who think the issue is cultural rather than moral or environmental.