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The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter | [Peter Singer, Jim Mason]

The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter

Eating is about more than satisfying our hunger. It's also about the environment, social justice, personal development, and sustainable living. Many Americans already know this. We're eating less red meat and more organically produced foods, and most restaurants offer vegetarian options. But do we really know the truth about mechanized animal farming and slaughterhouses, herbicide and pesticide use, and labels that promise "Certified Humane"?
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Publisher's Summary

Eating is about more than satisfying our hunger. It's also about the environment, social justice, personal development, and sustainable living. Many Americans already know this. We're eating less red meat and more organically produced foods, and most restaurants offer vegetarian options. But do we really know the truth about mechanized animal farming and slaughterhouses, herbicide and pesticide use, and labels that promise "Certified Humane"?

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

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"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)

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    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-09
    James Seattle, WA, United States 10-22-09 Member Since 2012
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    "I'm Glad I'm A Vegetarian!"

    I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years and one of the main reasons that I became vegetarian was because of reading some of Peter Singer's previous books. This book like many of his books and writings is not for the faint of heart but for those who really seek to understand more about our food and food choices and how we can make a difference.

    I only wish that this information was more widely available and accepted by our general public. I am fully and firmly committed to continue making the difference anyway I can. Besides, vegetarians are sexy!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    George D. Tate Pasadena, TX United States 06-05-07
    George D. Tate Pasadena, TX United States 06-05-07 Listener Since 2007

    vegan for life

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    "About all of us..."

    This book is timely. It is a great read and ranks at the top of my list. Singer and Mason offer an ethical, thorough examination of our food choices. It matters on so many levels!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marnie F. Biando Denver, CO 06-25-06
    Marnie F. Biando Denver, CO 06-25-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting, but leaves something to be desired"

    I've been reading related books like those by Marion Nestle, the _Walmart Effect_, as well as documentaries like _Super Size Me_ and I was expecting alot from this book. (Can you tell I'm on a bit of a consumer awareness campaign for myself?) Perhaps that was my problem: expectations. After reading _Walmart Effect_ which I felt was written quite well and with a fair look at both sides of the argument around Walmart, this book is in many ways one-sided in how it presents its material. I *will* reconsider what I eat in the future (beef, pork, and chicken), so in that sense, the authors have enlightened me, but I would have liked a more balanced presentation of the facts provided.

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    M.W. SW USA 10-08-11
    M.W. SW USA 10-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Worthwhile"

    This kind of book isn't fun, like a work of fiction, but it is necessary to understand just what the book jacket claims...why our food choices matter. While some of it may seem familiar if you have listened to Michael Pollan's books, it still has enough of a different perspective to be worthwhile.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-05-11
    steve kearny, NJ, United States 10-05-11 Member Since 2010

    Addicted to Audible since 2009

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    "Very good"

    I like Singer a lot as his Animal Liberation book is excellent and this book is no different. Every meat eater, should listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    history buff louisiana 08-26-09
    history buff louisiana 08-26-09 Member Since 2008

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    "ANOTHER GREAT LISTEN FOR THOSE WHO EAT FOOD!!"

    great listen for people who really don't have a clue what they are consuming as "food" and why they choose and why their choice of food is actually a "vote" for bad or good government and health. mandatory reading for everyone!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Josh SANDY, UT, United States 06-07-11
    Josh SANDY, UT, United States 06-07-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Started well but ended poorly"

    The first half of this book was well written, balanced in viewpoint, and informative. I learned things about the industrial animal production system that previously I didn't know.

    Unfortunately, it turned into a miss guided guilt-fest as the authors blatantly started pushing their vegan agenda. When they started bashing on Joel Salatin's Polyface farm aligning it with the likes of a confingnment farm, and trying to discredit the writings of Michael Pollan, I had just about had enough. It was really hard to even finish listening to this book. Save your time and money, don't buy this book!

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Vincelee Sioux Falls, SD, USA 06-23-08
    Vincelee Sioux Falls, SD, USA 06-23-08
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    "Outstanding!"

    This book was not only narrated well, and easy to listen to but the context was informative and entertaining. I followed the ration thoughts for the author easier than most other arguments of its kind based on emotion. I don’t write many reviews but I was compelled because of the message and the messenger.

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    Morgan 04-30-15
    Morgan 04-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This book will make you think"

    I have never put much thought to what I eat and how it affects the animals, the environment, workers, neighbors to farms, myself, essentially the world around me. This book will definitely make you think and reconsider how and what you choose to eat.

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    Justin 01-28-15
    Justin 01-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    I never would have thought I would ever go vegetarian, but this book convinced me to do just that. The writing and voice performance were both fantastic, and I can't recommend this book enough

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