Eating Animals

Electronic resource

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2009 by Little, Brown and Company.

ISBN:
978-0-316-08664-6
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OCLC Number:
462117619

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4 stars (37 reviews)

Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency. His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is …

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3 stars

Such important material. Such a great presentation. Such a shame that he ends it on such an offputting sanctimonious note.

We all know we need to eat less meat. We can all use periodic boosts to our resolution; some of us also appreciate impartial observations about the meat we do eat, especially when we’re hoping to eat humanely raised and ethically slaughtered animals. This book provided much of that: points of view I hadn’t considered, frank discussion of the difficulties of being humane throughout an animal’s entire life. Genuinely thought-provoking material. Then, at the end, he goes all preachy-like and undoes so much of the good he’s done! I felt like eating a fuck-you burger just out of spite. (I didn’t, but it’s taken me more than a week to get over my ill will and write a fair(ish) review.)

So, unless you’re already vegan: read this book, but skip …

Review of 'Eating Animals' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Written in a challenging manner this is not an easy read. Many of the scenes described are akin to the worst barbarities man has done to other men, but our cognitive dissonance seems to sweep the issue under our consciousness. This should be read by people to understand the immense damage we are doing to ourselves, and our planet.

Review of 'Eating animals' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This is the second time I've read this book. The first time was some years ago, when I was just on the cusp on committing to vegetarianism. Back then, I found "Eating Animals" both affirming in some of my meat eating while also disgusting me enough to help me temporarily swear off factory farmed meat.

Now that I've been vegan for a number of years, I wanted to revisit Foer's arguments and see how they stacked up. What I found was an account that is both acceptable for readers completely ignorant to the factory farming industry while also remaining strangely incomplete.

I find it strange that while nearly every animal based food product is represented, any accounts of the dairy industry are absent. For a book that's basing its argument on ethical eating and awareness, the lack of information on what can be regarded as one of the cruelest industries …

Review of 'Eating animals' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars


"If we are at all serious about ending factory farming, then the absolute least we can do is stop sending checks to the absolute worst abusers. For some, the decision to eschew factory-farmed products will be easy. For others, the decision will be a hard one. To those for whom it sounds like a hard decision (I would have counted myself in this group), the ultimate question is whether it is worth the inconvenience. We know, at least, that this decision will help prevent deforestation, curb global warming, reduce pollution, save oil reserves, lessen the burden on rural America, decrease human rights abuses, improve public health, and help eliminate the most systematic animal abuse in world history."

Pretty well sums it up. Foer gives a comprehensive look at the facts of how the vast majority (over 99%) of animals are raised for food in the U.S.

He also gives a …

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