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Se niente importa: Perché mangiamo gli animali?

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Jonathan Safran Foer, da piccolo, trascorreva il sabato e la domenica con sua nonna. Quando arrivava, lei lo sollevava per aria stringendolo in un forte abbraccio, e lo stesso faceva quando andava via. Ma non era solo affetto, il suo: dietro c'era la preoccupazione costante di sapere che il nipote avesse mangiato a sufficienza. La preoccupazione di chi è quasi morto di fam ...more
Paperback, Biblioteca della Fenice, 348 pages
Published February 25th 2010 by Guanda (first published October 31st 2009)
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Christina “While it is always possible to wake a person who's sleeping, no amount of noise will wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.”
Marco My girlfriend gifted this to me and I then became a vegetarian. She's of Indian decent and has been vegetarian since birth. The book gives you a…moreMy girlfriend gifted this to me and I then became a vegetarian. She's of Indian decent and has been vegetarian since birth. The book gives you a pretty clear look into the gruesomeness of the meat industry. After I read this, I watched the video "Meet Your Meat" and that sealed the deal for me.(less)

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dara
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to dara by: Jonathan Safran Foer's previous writing
This isn't as much of a review of Jonathan Safran Foer's latest book as it is a reaction to it--a reaction to the reactions of others, even. The title of this book garners a reaction from people who haven't read it and who may never read it. Just carry Eating Animals around for a few days and you'll understand. There's an assumption that a book about eating animals is going to tell you that it is in some way wrong to eat animals--whether for the welfare of animals or for your own welfare--and mo ...more
Raeleen Lemay
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, nonfiction
This book should be required reading in America. No joke.
brian
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TO SERVE MAN

i can't review this book. can't even finish it. the page-count to tears-shed ratio is just too high. and my head's not in the right place for this shit. (and talk about preaching to the choir…) -- i haven't read jonathan safran foer's novels and fuckoff what he's ever written or what he ever will write: he's a great man for this book alone. he's a great man by default, perhaps, because most people are such evil and miserable cunts. but, no. set apart from a race of miserable cunts he
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JSou
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I am not a vegetarian. Honestly, I've never even tried to be a vegetarian at any point in my life. I love steak. I love bacon. I love sushi. I could go on, but you get the idea.

With my son not being able to have any sort of gluten or artificial coloring in the food he eats, I've always thought I was doing good by stopping by the actual farmer's stand to get fresh eggs and some fruit & veggies (one benefit of living in a small, hick town) and then picking up my nicely-packaged and already but
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Lisa Vegan
Nov 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody 16+; anyone who’s in a position to decide for themselves what to consume
Recommended to Lisa by: Christina
I was torn how to rate this book. It isn’t perfect (I noted many flaws in its comprehensiveness) but it’s amazing enough, so 5 stars it is.

I’ve read so many books such as this but none for a while, and it’s because reading about how humans use animals is so devastating for me. It’s not just the books’ contents, it’s knowing that, at most, only 1% of Americans feel as I do, that my feelings and beliefs are shared by so few (The latest statistics I have are that 3% of Americans are truly vegetaria
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Meredith Holley
Aug 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Michael Pollan
Recommended to Meredith by: JSF? No need for a recommendation
I don’t mean this dismissively, but I feel like I finally get what Charlton Heston meant when he cried out, “Soylent Green is people!! It’s peeeeople!” Just . . . I don’t know. That movie’s pretty silly, but I keep walking around the house feeling like all those years that I ate meat, I was really eating human souls. And I even knew almost all of this information before reading the book. I know I’m being dramatic, as per usual, but there really is something about food that brings out both the be ...more
mason
Feb 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i've long flirted with vegetarianism. for a few months in the early '00s, i even dated her. but i'd never truly wanted to spend all of my time with her, send her flowers, or introduce her to my parents (and everyone i've ever cared about) until i read this book.

foer claims early on that he hasn't set out to write a book about why people should become vegetarians, an argument that holds zero ounces of water once you actually start reading his descriptions of factory farms. i found it impossible t
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Rebecca
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2010, upwithfood
In his book Heat, Bill Buford reflects (as he prepares to butcher a pig) that he has always respected vegetarians for being among the few who actually think about meat.

In Eating Animals, JSF doesn't seem to respect much of anybody, other than his grandmother and Kafka. For all the promising ethical paths he walks down, from traditional animal husbandry to Bill Niman's sustainable beef to animal rights activism, he's so determined to shit on everyone else's ideas about eating meat that I'm not s
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Ashley Brooks
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, faves
I realize I finished this book 10 days ago and have not rated it...and I also can't stop thinking about it.

There's a lot I could say about this book and how much it made me think-it's completely riddled with highlighter-but honestly, most people I know wouldn't bother picking this up no matter what I say. We eat animals because we're too selfish and stubborn to change. We eat animals because we're too lazy to make the "inconvenient" choices. We eat animals because we've been told over and over
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Books Ring Mah Bell
Nov 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Well done, Jonathan Safran Foer, well done.
(your book, not steak)

Look, I love meat. I really do. I hate myself for that, but I love meat. I also deplore seeing living creatures suffer. (I'm the jerk that lets spiders out of the house instead of squishing them.) I also know that if I had to kill the animal myself, I'd be a veggie for sure. I'm a total sucker for animals, but not enough of a sucker, I guess.

In junior high, I became a "crazy animal rights/environmentalist tree worshiping bunny hugg
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Chloe
“For us to maintain our way of living, we must tell lies to each other and especially to ourselves. The lies are necessary because, without them, many deplorable acts would become impossibilities.”
-Derrick Jensen

People cannot talk about their food choices without resorting to a narrative, and I’m no different. Food is so intensely personal; we relate to it on such an elemental level, that it’s easy to understand. The foods we eat are part of the mythos we use to delineate our identities. We eat
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Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
Hear are my thoughts in order as I was reading this book....

1. OMG.....OMFG!

2. Crap...now I'm a vegatarian!

3. I can never have my favorite Mongolian Chicken from Mings again (snif).

Yes in that order. I have not eaten meat since half way through this book. Will it stick? I hope so.

Not only the mind numbing crulety of the factory farms (which is plenty), and the enviormental damage they cause, but the shear crap they feed the animals did it for me. H1N1....factory farms. traced back to a hog farm
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Lori
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, fresh fruits and vegetables are alive and responsive to light when you eat them, grain harvesters leave a wake of maimed and mutilated wildlife, and a songbird dies for every cup of coffee. I suspect that last is an imprecise ratio. So, Burroughs point that your food was alive is absolutely true. While North Americans aren’t the only people who overeat, it’s obvious that we do. Ninety dollars for a Thanksgiving turkey would certainly limit my household consumption.
Greg
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been a vegetarian for a few years now, and it was a long process that brought me here (literally too, I didn’t go cold turkey). I’m sometimes surprised by how little I thought about certain things throughout my life. And coming from someone who grew up with a face in a book, and his head in the clouds, I find this interesting. I over-thought and over-analyzed everything (or at least everything I thought about). I spent my days thinking about fantasy worlds and the future, about girls and re ...more
Semjon
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was kann ich als Vegetarier, der seit 35 Jahren aus Überzeugung auf Fleisch verzichtet, ein Sachbuch zu diesem Thema Neues bringen. Nicht viel. Die von Romancier Foer in eigenen Recherchen zusammengetragen Fakten sind für uns nicht neu, zumindest für einen Großteil der Deutschen. Immerhin leben über 8 Mio. Deutsche schon vegetarisch, also ungefähr jeder Zehnte. Das finde ich eine außergewöhnliche Entwicklung, von der wir in den 80er Jahren nur träumen konnten, als wir als Müslifresser verschrien ...more
Darwin8u
Jun 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
“If Nothing Matters, There's Nothing to Save”
- Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

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I'm going to have to chew on this book for a bit. I'm not sure a review the day after reading will fully vest what I plan on doing after reading this. I might be about ready to go veg, but there is something just annoying enough about JSF that almost wants to keep me eating meat just to piss him off. Nah, that really isn't true, but I wish it was.

The book isn't as well-written as I would have liked. It gave me w
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Caroline
***NO SPOILERS***

The title alone may scare off those who’d rather not know how their meat got from farm to table, but Eating Animals is one of those books that’s too important not to read. This is part memoir, part journalistic investigation, but the book is strongest when going inside slaughterhouses and educating, exposing the truth of something heinous beyond imagining. When people think of farms, idyllic Charlotte’s Web—like images might spring to mind, but according to Eating Animals, the f
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unknown
I am floating this again (last time! Swear!), this time for the Facebook 30 Day Book Challenge. Day whatever I am on asks for a book that changed your life. I... don't know that I have ever read a book that really changed my life. But this one comes the closest.

That sounds a little dippy, but really. For years, I had skittered around the margins of vegetarianism. I'd forgo meat the majority of the time, perhaps even the vast majority, but I didn't have really concrete reasons as to why. Health?
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Jennifer
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Eating animals ...is about eating animals..and much much more. I've always felt wrong for eating meat yet continued to do so. For some reason, I thought it would be so hard to give up. Over time my conscience spoke louder than my fears (denials) and the ball has been rolling ever since. I wanted some extra encouragement, so I ordered this book.

I knew about slaughter houses and what goes on: to an extent. Little did I know, I really knew nothing. I've ingested this food all my life! HOLYYYYYY SH
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Melissa
I think that this book has changed my life, albeit in a really f*cking inconvenient way. I've read Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation and all the types of books that people who are trying to be socially conscious are supposed to read, and I know about the horrors of factory farming and how brutally animals are treated in the course of getting to my plate. But somehow it's been easier to live with it and ignore it in the past; Pollan even gives you a convenient out at the end of his book, wh ...more
Eric_W
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
Addendum 2/11/10 at bottom, edited to remove some grammatical errors 5/20/10

For Feb reading club. This NYTimes science article should help heat things up: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/22/sci...

Joint review with Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma

Let's see, things we can't or shouldn't eat: butter, steak, meat, spinach because of the salmonella (or maybe it's only the organic spinach that gets contaminated), apples because of the alar, salt, sugar, fat, any food not bought at a farmer's market, any foo
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alexandra
4? 4.5? –

i’ve been vegetarian/vegan for the past two years and the contents of this book is the reason why it’s lasted this long (and will continue to last longer). although it did take me TWO YEARS to finally finish this, Eating Animals is life changing, important, and at times, hard to consume.

i wouldn’t consider myself a typical “animal lover” and grew up loving burgers and korean bbq. but i grew interested in the vegan community and picked this up a few weeks after i decided to make the chan
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Virginia Messina
There is no way that any compassionate and responsible person could read this book and not want to begin taking steps to end his or her contributions to factory farming.

Jonathan Safron Foer is not an animal rights activist and that’s not what this book is about. At the same time, it is not another Omnivore’s Dilemma, either. Eating Animals is a much more honest analysis of factory farming and it is also far more honest about the solutions. (In fact, it’s fair to say that this book makes Pollan
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Science (Fiction) Comedy Horror and Fantasy Geek/Nerd
You are what you eat

The adverse effects are not limited to martyred animals and sick consumers. Before that is the exploitation and destruction of vast areas of land for animal feed and environmental damage. The contributions to global warming are manifold. The destroyed forests can no longer fulfill their task in the climate cycle. The methane emissions of livestock are considerable. Transport over the oceans causes immense CO2 emissions. The logistics, industrial processing, distribution and o
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Lee
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't have the highest opinion of this book or its author when I first heard of it. But since I've been heading toward a sort of not-very-militant veganism lately, I decided to give it a go when I saw a copy online for a penny plus shipping. It's a worthwhile read, especially as a moral argument -- that is, it's commendable as a somewhat formally inventive elaboration of the timeless conflict between wrong and right. The author's Judaic heritage helps him out in this sense, plus there's the h ...more
Elizabeth
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"About thirty years ago the poultry industry convinced the UDSA to reclassify feces so that it could continue to use automatic eviscerators (where fecal contamination occurs from high-speed machines ripping open the birds' intestines, releasing feces into their body cavities). Feces are now classified as a "cosmetic blemish."

What does this mean (other than the fact that consumers are eating chicken shit)? Inspectors condemn half the number of birds. So, according to journalist Scot
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Jo
Oct 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
This was a difficult but amazing read and in my opinion one of the most powerful books on this topic. I encourage and challenge you all to read it! Seriously if I could give everyone I know a copy of this book, I would. <3

Jonathan Safran Foer, who is probably most known for his book Everything Is Illuminated, has returned with his first non-fiction book. The topic: Foer's off and on struggle with vegetarianism and what prompted him to make the switch for good (the birth of his son). Throughou
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Lee
Oct 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lee by: Lisa Vegan
I’m sitting here after finishing this book asking myself how is it possible that only one short month ago I was an omnivore, regularly and obliviously munching away on fish and meat without the least idea of what goes into their production and delivery to my table.
The way this author approached the topic of eating animals really resonated with me. It was personal, it was engaging, he conveyed the information and expressed his preferences without making me feel I had to follow suit.

I love how h
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Amy | shoutame
Shocking yet incredibly informative - I was deeply moved by this book and I have since bought it for a number of friends and relatives to read.

In this brilliant work of non-fiction Jonathan Safran Foer shares his journey to becoming a vegetarian. Foer gives a very rounded look at why someone would want to be a vegetarian, he tackles a broad range of topics and presents them in a very digestible way. I didn't feel like this book was at all preachy and loved that fact that Foer went and interview
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Loederkoningin
I can't possibly finish this book. It makes me cry, feel disgusted and literally nauseated. I can only try to always be aware, a good vegetarian and support animal rights as much as I can.
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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of two bestselling, award-winning novels, Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a bestselling work of nonfiction, Eating Animals. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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