I've been wanting to read this book for quite a while so I was pretty happy when a friend of mine asked if I wanted to borrow her copy. If you don't already know, Eating Animals is written by Johnathan Safran Foer, who after becoming a father decided that he should research into why we eat some animals but not others and where our food really comes from. He knew someday his son would ask these questions and he wanted to make sure he had the answers. It's a great book for anyone interested in knowing more about food systems. He brings up a ton of great points and can get you thinking.
Why does society think that it's okay to eat some animals but not others? Because it was bred to be food? But what about the dogs who are bred to be food in other countries? or cats?
Why was it wrong to eat those animals but pigs, chicken and cows can be eaten without blinking an eye?
I love how he gets different perspectives from people throughout the industry as well. It's interesting to hear their points of view.
I did know most of these facts beforehand but it was still a good read. A great starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about where their food comes from and isn't quite ready for the graphic videos.
"If contributing to the suffering of billions of animals that live miserable lives and (quite often) die in horrific ways isn't motivating, what would be? If being the number one contributor to the most serious threat facing the planet (global warming) isn't enough, what is? And if you are tempted to put off these questions of conscience, to say not now, then when?"
If you've read Eating Animals, what are your thoughts? I'd love some new book recommendations as well so leave them in the comments!