If you believe that knowledge is power, then I absolute urge you to pick up a copy of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. This strong, thought-provoking bestseller is sure to make you think twice about the food you put in the grocery cart. If you missed the bestselling hardcover of Eating Animals, you now have a chance to pick up the paperback version.
I will admit it, as a long-time vegetarian, I started reading this book with the belief that it was a book about vegetarianism, but this assumption turned out to be very wrong. Eating animals, is not a book about vegetarianism, it is a book about selective eating – being a selective carnivore, it is about knowing where you food comes from, and about realizing the consequence of our actions at the grocery store, and it is about animal welfare.
Foer has created a bestseller that makes you question everything you think you know about the food you eat, and he uses humor as well as a certain sense of sarcasm to make uncomfortable topics approachable. Foer focuses on factory farms and how we treat the animals we eat, he draws a connection between how we treat animals at factory farms to influenza pandemics, and he explains how horrible conditions for animals are made legal through an enormous amount of pressure from the industrial meat industry.
There were parts of Eating Animals, where I questioned why I had been a vegetarian for more than thirteen years, and also why I am serving my own children meat. Foer made me question my reasons behind becoming a vegetarian, and he made me realize, why I am a vegetarian who does not try to convert the people around me.While Foer does not directly try to convert his readers to becoming vegetarians, he does make his case for vegetarianism in a compelling way.
One of my favorite parts of Eating Animals is that Foer has succeeded in including all sides of this issue, as he provides letters from the last poultry farmer to a factory farmer. I have learned so much from Foer in Eating animals, and I was amazed at how much I did not know about eating animals, where the food comes from and how difficult it actually is to get “real” meat on the table. Realizing that farms as we know it is a rarity, made a big impression on me, and for me Eating Animals was a very emotional read.
Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer will probably not convert you to become a vegetarian, but it might just end up adding a few dollars to your grocery budget, as you will be more aware of the meat that you serve your family.
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