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The Ethics of What We Eat Why Our Food Choices Matter

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1st
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9781594866876

ISBN10:
1594866872
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Paperback
Pub. Date:
3/6/2007
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Rodale Books
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Peter Singer, the groundbreaking ethicist whom The New Yorker calls the most influential philosopher alive teams up again with Jim Mason, his coauthor on the acclaimed Animal Factories, to set their critical sights on the food we buy and eat: where it comes from, how it is produced, and whether it was raised humanely. The Ethics of What We Eat explores the impact our food choices have on humans, animals, and the environment. Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, Singer and Mason offer ways to make healthful, humane food choices. As they point out: You can be ethical without being fanatical. Peter Singer is a professor of bioethics at Princeton University''s Center for Human Values. He first became well known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. He also coauthored Animal Factories and was named by Time magazine as one of the world''s 100 most influential people. Born in Australia, he he now lives in New York. Jim Mason is the author of An Unnatural Order and the coauthor of Animal Factories . He is also an attorney and the fifth generation of a Missouri farming family. Convenience, price, and packaging have become the driving forces behind the American diet. But what is the true cost of our day-to-day food choices? To answer this timely and important question, coauthors Peter Singer, a probing ethicist, and Jim Mason, an environmentally conscious writer and attorney, undertake a modern-day odyssey. Beginning their adventure at the dinner tables of three typical families with different tastes and grocery-shopping habits, they set out to trace the origins of the food we eat. Singer and Mason pursue the story with the kind of investigate and intellectual tenacity behind such titles as Silent Spring and Fast Food Nation , hauling in pots from the Chesapeake Bay with a commercial crabber and dumpster diving with an urban band of "freegans." Along the way they check the validity of such labels as "Animal Care Certified," "Certified Humane," "organic," and "Fair Trade." They expose the working conditions in Southern food-processing plants as well as in other countries. They weigh the pros and cons of buying local, the complex dynamics of sustainability, the controversy over genetically modified organisms, the ethics of obesity, and the health implications of raising children vegan. The Way We Eat concludes with five simple principles that the consumers can use to make better food choices. Should we eat meat? If so, what kinds of meat are humane to eat? What kinds of produce and dairy products? Wild fish, or farmed? Veal'”ever? Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, Singer and Mason offer powerful reasons for eating more conscientiously. "[This] book is clear and persuasive."'” Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Book Review "Eating is, among other things, an ethical act. But to eat ethically requires knowledge of how our food is produced. In this well-researched and deeply troubling book, Peter Singer and Jim Mason paint a devastating portrait of the American meat industry that is bound to change the way you eat."'” Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire and The Omnivore''s Dilemma "In their new book'”commonsense in it''s approach, easy to read, packed with information'”Peter Singer and Jim Mason show how market forces inexorably drive farmers toward cruel practices. But their overall message is not bleak. Factory farming is under pressure to justify itself. The day may not be far when we will return to a more ethical treatment of fellow animals, and there are many practical things that ordinary consumers can do to bring that day nearer."'” J.M. Cotzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace and Slow Man "An absolutely indispensable book for anyone who thinks about what they eat. Singer and Mason present a sensible, rational discussion of why we should care about what we put into our stomach'”whether for health reasons, for the environment''s health, for

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"An absolutely indispensable book for anyone who thinks about what they eat ... I cannot recommend it highly enough."--Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Raising the Peaceable Kingdom

". . . vital, urgent, and disturbing."--Dorothy Kalins, New York Times

". . . clear and persuasive."--Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

"A no-holds-barred treatise on ethical consumption."--Publishers Weekly


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