Thanks to the new job, I spend 3 1/2 hours commuting each day, giving me plenty of walking and reading time.
Last week I read Jonathan Safran Foer’s, Eating Animals. Now to come to terms with what and how I want to eat. Heres my highlights:
According to a study published in Consumer Reports, 83 percent of all chicken meat (including organic and antibiotic-free brands) is infected with either campylobacter or salmonella at the time of purchase.
Nestle notes that in parts of the world where milk is not a staple of the diet, people often have less osteoporosis and fewer bone fractures than Americans do. The highest rates of osteoporosis are seen in countries where people consume the most dairy foods.
Does anyone really doubt that the corporations that control the vast majority of animal agriculture in America are in it for the profit? In most industries, that’s a perfectly good driving force. But when the commodities are animals, the factores are the earth itself, and the products are physically consumed, the stakes are not the same, and the thinking can’t be the same.
Let’s describe the reality: that piece of meat came from an animal who, at best - and it’s precious few who get away with only this - was burned, mutilated, and killed for the sake of a few minutes of human pleasure. . Does the pleasure justify the means?
…and my grandmorther, surrounded by her family, thought in the language of her dead relatives. Two dozen or so mismatched chairs circumscribed four tables of slightly different heights and widths, pushed together and covered in matching cloths. No one was fooled into thinking this setup was perfect, but it was.