What a bizarre family! I put this book off for such a long time b/c I tend to avoid non-fiction or depressing sounding books. So I was amazed at how mWhat a bizarre family! I put this book off for such a long time b/c I tend to avoid non-fiction or depressing sounding books. So I was amazed at how much a liked it. The stories of Jeannette Walls' childhood are outrageous - I'm surprised that she survived it & with such a positive attitude & sense of humor. There were laugh-out-loud moments throughout the book, as well as many times I just wanted to cry for the way the children in Walls' family were brought up.
I really enjoyed this book & am glad I finally got around to reading it....more
I am not a vegetarian & never have been. I like my meat - beef, pork, chicken, fish . . . there's nothing like a good summer barbeque. I receivedI am not a vegetarian & never have been. I like my meat - beef, pork, chicken, fish . . . there's nothing like a good summer barbeque. I received Eating Animals from goodreads First Reads for review, having signed up for it because I'd heard such great things about this author. It wasn't until I was notified that I won that I really started to look at what it was all about - eating animals (you think I would have understood that from the title). My first thoughts: Oh no! How can I read a book like this? What did I sign myself up for?! Let's just say I was scared - I was not looking for a guilt trip to change my eating habits.
Jonathan Safran Foer first started researching farm animals when he discovered he was going to be a father. He, along with his wife, had attempted vegetarianism before, but had never stuck with it. This changed when he started to consider the health of his child - what was & was not okay for his son to eat?
What Foer found in his research was disturbing, probably much more so than even he expected. Throughout the book, he discusses trends in factory farming, the inhumane treatment of farm animals, & the horrific impact these farms have on the environment, communities, & family farming. Family farms have been replaced by corporations who mistreat animals through abuse, starvation, overcrowding, & unhealthy genetic altering, all to make a buck. Not only are the animals mistreated, but they are often sick, so they are given a disgusting amount of antibiotics to make up for this, which then appear in the food that we, the consumers, eat.
I do not feel as though Foer was overly preachy. He was oftentimes funny in his discourses, & other times, downright disturbing in the issues he brought to light. I did not agree with some of the moralizing he did, but my eyes were opened to the horrible way animals are treated in factory farms. He offered different points of view throughout his book, those from farmers, animal rights activists, & others. I felt this balanced things out & allowed me to figure out what works for me & why. This book was well researched & very informative.
I still plan to eat meat, although I will do so sparingly. I think if this book had been about the unhealthy effects eating meat has on the body, I would have been more convinced that way. Perhaps this is something I still need to research, but until then, I personally think that eating some meat is okay. I definitely plan on limiting the amount I buy & will incorporate more vegetarian meals into my weekly meal plans. I will also support the local family farmers & find products at stores like Whole Foods that support them as well, even if this means I have to pay extra for my food.
I was shocked at the impact this book had on me & with the amount it made me think about my eating lifestyle & attitude about animals. I definitely recommend this book because I feel it is important to know what we can about the issues in our society (& I do believe the meat industry & our eating habits pose a big problem!). Don't be intimidated by the subject matter. Use this book as a resource to learn more about what you put in your body & at what cost.
"We can't plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?" ~ Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals
3.5* I love so many of Charlotte Mason's thoughts and ideas on education. I found this book to be very informational & refreshing, a good resourc 3.5* I love so many of Charlotte Mason's thoughts and ideas on education. I found this book to be very informational & refreshing, a good resource for homeschooling. My only problem with this book is that it feels very old-fashioned. I wish it would explain a little bit more how to incorporate Charlotte Mason's theories in our modern world. I guess that's something I'm just going to have to continue to research or figure out on my own. ...more