Last week, I finished reading Eating Animals, an examination of the various effects of meat-eating on society. The book written by Jonathan Safran Foer had been sitting on my bookshelf for almost a year, and in preparation for purchasing the kindle, I decided to read it I’d been considering eating meat again, so I thought it was appropriate to read it before I ventured down that road.
This book had the opposite effect of what I anticipated. I became a pescatarian for personal and environmental reasons. I finished this book and I am now a vegetarian for an entire plethora of reasons. I don’t wish to address all of those reasons in this post, I just wanted to let you all know that this book challenged and subsequently changed my beliefs about meat (and fish) consumption.
Before reading, Eating Animals, I never thought a lot about the meat industry. I’d heard things, but I never wanted to know much. Audible gasps of horror escaped my lips at certain points. It’s not a pretty industry, and Foer’s descriptions do not sugarcoat anything. I think this book should be required reading for all, because everyone should know where and how their food is produced. Once you’ve read it, you can make your choices as to how to proceed.