I shied away from reading this book because, like Foer knows, when you see a book about eating animals, you assume, even without knowing anything abouI shied away from reading this book because, like Foer knows, when you see a book about eating animals, you assume, even without knowing anything about his views, that it is a case for vegetarianism.
But "it's a telling assumption, one that implies not only that a thorough inquiry into animal agriculture would lead one away from eating meat, but that most people already know that to be the case.”
So why read a book that tells you what you think you already know - and might not have any desire to hear because you are already a vegetarian or are an omnivore and always will be? Because Foer is not interested in trying to convince you to live by his standards of what is "right." He's trying to convince you to live by your own.
So much of what he writes is not specific to animals and meat-eating alone, but to the larger problems we all face today in our growing, global economy. If you care about global warming, disease control, public health, pollution, world hunger, burdens on rural America, human rights or animal abuse, then this book is well worth the read.
Whether you end up agreeing with it or not, the conversation about what it means to eat meat needs to improve. But it can't if we choose to know nothing.
"This doesn't require that we pretend we are going to have a collective agreement. However strong our intuitions are about what's right for us personally and even about what's right for others, we all know in advance that our positions will clash with those of our neighbors. What do we do with that most inevitable reality? Drop the conversation, or find a way to reframe it?"
It really shouldn't be our (the consumer's) responsibility "to figure out what's cruel and what's kind, what's environmentally destructive and what's sustainable when it comes to our purchases." We can't buy children's toys made with lead paint or aerosols with chlorofluorocarbons, or medicines with unlabeled side effects. But when it comes to our food, we have the burden of choice and therefore the responsibility.
“It might sound naive to suggest that whether you order a chicken patty or a veggie burger is a profoundly important decision. Then again, it certainly would have sounded fantastic if in the 1950's you were told that where you sat in a restaurant or on a bus could begin to uproot racism.”
“The UN special envoy on food called it a 'crime against humanity' to funnel 100 million tons of grain and corn to ethanol when almost a billion people are starving. So what kind of crime is animal agriculture, which uses 756 million tons of grain and corn per year, much more than enough to adequately feed the 1.4 billion humans who are living in dire poverty?”
And "Why is taste, the crudest of our senses, exempted from the ethical rules that govern our other senses? If you stop and think about it, it’s crazy.”
But most of us - myself included - don't stop to think about it. ...more
One of the most vulgar things I've ever read, but also has some redeeming qualities if you can handle all the eggs and urine. Best read with a sense oOne of the most vulgar things I've ever read, but also has some redeeming qualities if you can handle all the eggs and urine. Best read with a sense of humor or else it's not readable at all....more
I purchased this little book while reading Infinite Jest, but quickly realized it contained far too many spoilers to try to read at the same time. HowI purchased this little book while reading Infinite Jest, but quickly realized it contained far too many spoilers to try to read at the same time. However, after finishing Infinite Jest, I've found this book to be very helpful in gaining additional insight. It's also filled with lots of fun facts and directs you to endless other texts related to Infinite Jest....more