In this revolutionary look at food and the future of life on earth, Peter Singer and James Mason examine the diets of three typical families and track down the sources of their food to see how humanely it was produced. They identify six empowering ethical principles that conscientious consumers should consider when shopping for groceries or eating out. They name names, of companies that are voluntarily instituting more humane systems, and of those that continue to offend. Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, they explore ways to make the most ethical choices within the framework of a diet that includes some animal products. The bottom line is: You can be ethical without being fanatical, and here's how.
©2006 Peter Singer and Jim Mason; (P)2006 HighBridge Company
"A no-holds-barred treatise on ethical consumption, this is an important read for those concerned with the long, frightening trip between farm and plate." (Publishers Weekly)
If you listened to this book you wouldn't eat anything. Oh, wait, they did say it was ok to eat mussels, clams and scallops if you HAD to. Everything else, though, is off the table. I stopped listening to this book when they said eating local was less environmentally friendly than eating something that had been shipped from half way across the world. Their one sided arguments were self serving and ridiculous. The fact that they compared this book to the Omnivore's Dilemma is a joke.
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
You love your pets, right? And I assume that you feel that a minimum level of humanity and decency, let alone respect, should be given to other animals?
Then, do not read this book. I did not think about this but the treatment and exploitation of the animals we eat is terrifying and the authors make a good point when they note what the ethical thing to do is. It is not so much well documented (a disappointment) as it is convincing in its main message: that animal products, at least right now, are produced in a pure evil manner. Forget meat of course, but also think fish (fished or farmed), eggs and milk, etc. I honestly stopped reading after a while; I gave it only three stars in my review because it hardly qualifies as an experience I would like to have when I get a book to read.
Perhaps some will criticize the book as being judgmental and that it is the producer's fault. That's plainly wrong as, like any good economist knows, any demand creates its own supply. Books like this one are doing the ethical thing, to put the focus on the demand for animal products.
So, yes, do not read this book, do not buy this book, as it will probably will make you feel worse when you eat the foods you like.
This is for those who really WANT to know the behind-the-scenes graphic details of what happens to their food (especially meat -- how it's killed, etc) before it gets to you. I was wanting more useful information -- the ABC's of vegetarianism, not the "why's" of veganism. Very disappointed.
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