The Way We Eat

The Way We Eat

Why Our Food Choices Matter

Book - 2006
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A thought-provoking look at how what we eat profoundly affects all living things--and how we can make more ethical food choices

Five Principles for Making Conscientious Food Choices
1. Transparency: We have the right to know how our food is produced.
2. Fairness: Producing food should not impose costs on others.
3. Humanity: Inflicting unnecessary suffering on animals is wrong.
4. Social Responsibility: Workers are entitled to decent wages and working conditions.
5. Needs: Preserving life and health justifies more than other desires.

Peter Singer, the groundbreaking ethicist who "may be the most controversial philosopher alive" ( The New Yorker ), now sets his critical sights on the food we buy and eat: where it comes from, how it's produced, and whether it was raised humanely. Teaming up once again with attorney Jim Mason, his coauthor on the acclaimed Animal Factories, Singer explores the impact our food choices have on humans, animals, and the environment.

In The Way We Eat , Singer and Mason examine the eating habits of three American families with very different diets. They track down the sources of each family's food to probe the ethical issues involved in its production and marketing. What kinds of meat are most humane to eat? Is "organic" always better? Wild fish or farmed? Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, Singer and Mason offer ways to make the best food choices. As they point out: "You can be ethical without being fanatical."

Publisher: [Emmaus, Pa.] : Rodale ; [New York] : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, c2006.
ISBN: 9781579548896
157954889X
Branch Call Number: 178
Characteristics: viii, 328 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mason, Jim

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Nov 12, 2015

The real meat of the book is section three, and especially the resources section. Mostly it refers to the USA, with a little discussion of Europe and Canada. Oddly, there is absolutely nothing for accessing democratic institutions (a serious oversight). The writing in the first two sections, while descriptive, is frank and never gratuitously horrific.

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Jan 17, 2011

The title sounds dull, but you're in for an adventure when you open this book.

Ever wonder where your food comes from? What's the difference between cage-free and free-range eggs? (A lot, actually...) How are the animals treated, and fed, and bred, and killed, anyway?

Trust me, if you aren't leaning towards being a vegetarian by the end, you merely skimmed through the book. This book will break your heart, make you angry, make you want to change the world, and, perhaps, make you an animal advocate.

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cllevett
Feb 09, 2010

The book covers not just the suffering caused to animals and people as a result of factory farming but also examines the topics of buying Local, "Organic" food, and the damage to the environment. Peter Singer always makes an argument that is hard to deny. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Jim Mason.

This has been the single most influential book of my life so far. It made me realize just how ignorant I've chosen to be in life and how large corporations are using ignorance to destroy the world and commit evil for profit. This book made me a conscious consumer of FairTrade and Organic products. A must read for anyone who wants to open their eyes to the world.

"A nation can be judged by how it treats its animals." - Gandhi

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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: Around 3 instances of cursing. Beware...

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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