Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer proved to be an extremely interesting read. Knowing Foer’s writing style (from both Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything is Illuminated) it really is a nicely written and admittedly biased opinion driven by an investigation that he conducted himself.
His investigation took place over three years in which he visited numberous Factory Farms (a term that I was completely unfamiliar with but now is forever drilled into my head/vocabulary) and conducted interviews with people who worked in slaughterhouses, farmers, and government officials all atop of his own feelings about the relationship that he and his family have with food.
He brings up many great points; I started taking notes for me to eventually post but then I found myself writing almost 10 things per page down and I would have eventually posted a LONG summary of his book which is not necessarily what my aim is here.
I am happy that I began with this book as I started my own investigation (thank you Anne Hathaway for suggesting it). In all seriousness though, I think that one of the most profound things that I discovered was that:
“Animal agriculture makes a 40% greater contribution to global warming than all transportation in the world combined; it is the number one cause of climate change.”
This is mind-blowing to me mainly because I’ve never heard anything like this before. This is so impressive because it’s not just about animal rights violations (see anything written about any slaughterhouse in the past 50 years) or human rights violations (the horrible working conditions and the fact that US “farmers” are 4x more likely to commit suicide) this is also about global climate change. Everything is connected and this link is far too important, in my opinion to overlook.
There is no doubt on which side of the fence Foer sits. Right from the beginning, he admits that his commitment to Vegetarianism became serious when he was an older, more informed adult that is now charged (along with his wife) of making healthy decisions for their son as well. This study has a you can change the world one plate at a time undertone but it was a quick, easy read and I recommend to anyone that is ready for some hard facts to swallow (along with their greens).