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The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter [Paperback]

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Pages   328
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.96 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 6, 2007
Publisher   Rodale Books
ISBN  1594866872  
EAN  9781594866876  

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Examines the practices of the modern food industry, exposing its exploitation, waste, and inhumane treatment of animals, and provides guidelines for making informed and ethical choices in the selection of food products.

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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 the sake of animals, or for the people who work at producing our food. The Way We Eat is that rare combination of lively read and thorough research and investigation,. I cannot recommend it highly enough."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Raising the Peaceable Kingdom
"Ethicist Singer and co-author Mason document corporate deception, widespread waste and desensitization to inhumane practices in this consideration of ethical eating. The authors examine three families' grocery-buying habits and the motivations behind those choices. One woman says she's 'absorbed in my life and my family . . . and I don't think very much about the welfare of the meat I'm eating,' while a wealthier husband and wife mull the virtues of 'triple certified' coffee, buying local and avoiding chocolate harvested by child slave labor, though 'no one seems to be pondering that as they eat.' In investigating food production conditions, the authors' first-hand experiences alternate between horror and comedy, from slaughterhouses to artificial turkey-insemination ('the hardest, fastest, dirtiest, most disgusting, worst-paid work'). This sometimes-graphic exposé is not myopic: profitability and animal welfare are given equal consideration, though the reader finishes the book agreeing with the authors' conclusion that 'America's food industry seeks to keep Americans in the dark about the ethical components of their food choices.' A no-holds-barred treatise on ethical consumption, this is an important read for those concerned with the long, frightening trip between farm and plate."—Publishers Weekly

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More About Peter Singer, Jim Mason, Sue Harper, Jo Cleere, Erik Benrud & Nora Osganian

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University, and Laureate Professor, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. He is the author of more than twenty books including Animal Liberation, Practical Ethics, and The Life You Can Save. He divides his time between New York City and Melbourne, Australia.

Peter Singer was born in 1946 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton University Princeton University, USA Princeton University Hu.

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Good book for meat eaters and vegetarians.  Apr 28, 2008
I bought this book a few weeks ago and really enjoyed reading it. I think it was thought-provoking. I really liked the way the authors looked at what the families purchased and then discussed the items and their origins. I think that helps the average person to relate to the information. I highly recommend the book to all people that care and are curious about where their food comes from and if there are ethical implications that they should consider before making the purchase (e.g., environmental considerations, animal concerns, etc.). Two thumbs up for this book!
Objective and non-preachy   Apr 28, 2008
Throughly researched, this book provides an insightful and provocative look into the ethical/environmental concerns revolving around our meat eating culture. What Singer and Mason are able to avoid is taking on a holier-than-thou tone, while they come to the sensible conclusion that a vegan lifestyle is preferable to an omnivorous one. However, they also investigate the truth behind food labels, and the issues of organic and local food. Very thoughtful, and hopefully this book will instigate further change in people who wish to make a positive change for the sake of the world.
Only read if you care about yourself or the world around you  Jan 19, 2008
This book offers a very thought-provoking view into the world of food. Forget restaurant hygiene and other crazes, this book portrays the alarming state of the food industry as it operates in the USA today (with a slight glimpse into Europe as well). The authors do a very good job at presenting facts and issues surrounding the ethics (obviously) of the food industry, with a focus on farming. Unlike many other similar discussions, I felt the authors' approach was very easy to read (or digest, heh), with a seemingly open-minded view on the world.

Since finishing the read, I have altered my personal food buying decisions. I'm not perfect by any means, but I feel learning about the "what goes on behind closed doors" has helped me find a new appreciation for awareness and conscientiousness about food. I've given up some foods entirely, and am doing much more research in my buying decisions. I appreciate the education the book provided me, and already feel like a better person for the decisions it's helped me made.

Note: I'm an omnivore, and I *love* steaks. I'm just a bit more thoughtful than I was before about them.
Everyone should read this  Dec 4, 2007
This is a superb book. Everyone should read this to know what they are truly consuming and how it effects our planet and its inhabitants. It's time that we are aware of the consequences of our food choices so that we may hopefully make better choices and decrease our impact on the planet.
A great book on a broad range of subjects  Nov 9, 2007
I really thought this was a great book. It is well written (believe it or not it is a "page turner") and it covers a broad range of topics in an open minded and sober manner. It deals with ethical, envirnomental and economic political side of what we eat, as well as other topics and uses a narrative thread following 3 different families with different lifestyles. I got a lot out of it.

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