Eating Animals

I just finished reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer. I’ve mentioned it here before, but I finally got around to buying and reading it, and there’s so much more here that needs to be told than I knew.

Read this book. Factory animal farming is one of the most significant issues facing the world today, and touches on many of the others. This does impact your life. If you aren’t making educated decisions about what you eat, you are part of the problem. Changing what you choose to eat is all it takes to make a difference, which should make it one of the easiest things in the world to take a stand about.

You may need to educate yourself initially, but beyond that, it’s simply a choice made for every meal. You were going to eat that meal anyway, and this doesn’t make it more difficult or time consuming. If you think it’s too difficult to make that choice for every meal, please read this book. And if you still think that after reading it, well, every meal where you do choose to eat differently makes a difference, even if you don’t choose that way for all of your meals.

I live in Texas. Many of my friends seem to think eating meat is cool and manly, and apparently never give any serious thought to the topic. Bacon is a meme these days, and vegetarianism is a joke. “If God didn’t want us to eat animals, He wouldn’t have made them out of meat.” “I wouldn’t eat animals except they’re so damned tasty.” Fast food chain shenanigans are made out to be objects of reverence. Ha, ha.

But the jokes sweep under the rug the very real decision being made there. Because meat tastes good, we allow ourselves to ignore the process that puts it on the plate, and the real costs associated with it. We use this blissful ignorance to flee from the question of whether that taste is worth the price.

Read the book. Then decide.

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