Thursday, May 3, 2012

On Eating Animals

After a recommendation from one of my professors, I started reading Jonathan Safran Foer's "Eating Animals." I expected the book to be much like Michael Pollan's "The Omnivores Dilemma" because it follows Foer's personal narrative about what to feed his new son, but I think this skewed my initial impression of the book. I was expecting a very methodical, step by step look at the industry, but instead it only focused on a few examples of animal treatment. With that said, it is generalizable for the entire industry. Many of the descriptions of how the animals were treated and the exact processes to slaughter an animal were informative (and disturbing).

Image courtesy of Door 16

Overall "Eating Animals" was easy to read and it opened my eyes to the real treatment of all animals used for foods, not just those for meat. If you are someone who already knows a great deal about the treatment of animals or the creation of your food, then this book may be full of information you already know. But if you want to know more about where your meat and animal products really come from and how they are handled, then this first-hand view might be helpful. 

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