I read this one per the suggestion of my friend, Martha, over at Make or Die. Since October is the Go Veg for a Month challenge, I thought I'd read one of the many pro-veg manifestos: Eating Animals. Safron-Foer's editorial surprisingly ends up being less of a case for vegetarianism and more of a case against factory farming. Chock full of reasons to eat less (or no) meat, including health and the environment, Foer exposes the atrocities of removing farming from farmers and giving the industry over to cooperate America. This in particular appealed to my rebellious nature.
So, even if you're not interested in the green stuff ....
...and death is inevitably a part of life-- and survival.
I'd say this paragraph sums up his entire directive:
"It shouldn't be the consumer's responsibility to figure out what's cruel and what's kind, what's environmentally destructive and illegal. Cruel and destructive food products should be illegal. We don't need the option of buying children's toys made with lead paint, or aerosols with chlorofuorocarbons, or medicines with unlabeled side effects. And we don't need the option of buying factory-farmed animals."
Foer's right about one thing...
Unlike many pro-veg-anti-cooperation writers, Foer does not seem to advocate what one voice in text calls the "Marie Antoinette Complex"-- if you can't afford bread, eat cake, or, in our case, if you can't afford chicken, then eat free-range heritage chicken. He also debunks the myth of free range, cage free, grass fed (turns out it's all marketing) and the like. The book is eye-opening, though tough to read in places (if you didn't have one, you may grow a bleeding heart). It's chock full of documentation, but not weighed down with statistics (all his PAGES of references are in a section at the end). It's worth a read, definitely.