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The Way We Eat by Peter Singer
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May 06, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2000-2009, nf-food, non-fiction, obtained-audible, format-audio
Read from May 06 to 24, 2010

The best book I've read in awhile. This book may really make me move much farther towards a meatless diet. Although I thought for many years that there are many reasons to eat less meat (including the environment and health), the ethical issue regarding animals is the most compelling for me personally. In fact, this book makes me realize that being vegetarian would only be one step along the way. Chickens raised to lay eggs and cows raised to give milk do not have a better story. I think I need to consider myself as tending vegan rather than merely tending vegetarian...

I found the writing very powerful. They do an excellent job of raising the counter points to each aspect of the conversation. (Classically for me this time of year, the fact that it may take less energy to bring a tomato up from Florida than to grow it here in a greenhouse in the early days summer.)

Although I don't see it listed here in my Good Reads list, I feel quite confident that I read an earlier book of his, Writings on an Ethical Life, back in 2001 when we lived in LA. I recall hearing him in an interview on NPR, speaking about that book, and then going out to get it right away. I remember being similarly affected by his writings at that point. (I will have to add that book to my 2001 list.)

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