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The Way We Eat by Peter Singer
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Dec 04, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: reviewed, vegetarianism

An excellent book by Peter Singer and Jim Mason which covers a diverse set of food-pertaining issues, e.g. eating locally, meat vs vegetarian diets, organic cs conventional, fair trade certification, and so on. Although in my opinion the writers aren't as "eloquent" as Michael Pollan, their arguements are just as--if not more--convincing. They argue their positions very well and often back them up with solid data. In their scope, they go beyond Pollan and most other food writers I've read (in fact, at one point they point out a weakness in Pollan's position). The book is organized around the authors following three families and discussing the ethics of their food choices. One family keeps the Standard American Diet, shopping at Wal Mart etc for meats/produce at the cheapest prices; another one eats mostly organic meats/produce; and the third one keeps a vegan diet. Highly recommended for those who are prone to bouts of self-reflection, care about what they eat and feed their kids, are concerned about the environment, or really, pretty much anyone else!

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message 1: by Rachel (last edited Jan 05, 2009 12:32PM) (new) - added it

Rachel Thanks for the excellent review, Bobby. I went to a talk given by Peter Singer in San Francisco when the book first came out. Must have been a couple years ago, or more? I bought the book right then, read a few parts of it, but alas, still haven't finished it! Thanks for the inspiration to get going on it.

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