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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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 11 people found this review helpful

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  • steve
  • kearny, NJ, United States
  • 10-05-11

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!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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Life-changing

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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 21 people found this review helpful

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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!

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Josh
  • SANDY, UT, United States
  • 06-07-11

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!

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Vincelee
  • Sioux Falls, SD, USA
  • 06-23-08

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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Ethical Eating

I'm really pleased with the book over all- I learned loads more than I ordinarily would. I'm actually buying the physical copy as well and have recommended the app/book both to friends of mine.

I disagreed with some points made by the authors on Veganism- it's not just about the consumer/financial support of animal agriculture that many of us reject. And I think it would have been better if they delved more into Carnism and how vegans reject that as well.

Over all, excellent book.