Continuing the book recommendations, we move on this week to two food books.
First, today, we have The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason.
Here are some notes from my personal book report journal:
It’s an influential book and a worthy follow-up to
Fresh Choices : More than 100 Easy Recipes for Pure Food When You Can’t Buy 100% Organic [a personal favorite food reference, though not by the same authors], it’s a rational look at ethical choices with food. Three
families are surveyed, and then the authors delve behind their eating
choices, asking a number of questions along the way, such as:
– Are there foods that it’s unconscionable to eat?
o Some: veal, foie gras, shrimp, others
– What animals have feelings?
o All but in-shell mollusks
– What’s an ethical way to treat animals?
o Let them live their lives as they normally would
– What about the cost of organic foods?
o What about the ethical and environmental costs of not doing so?
– What about buying local?
o It can sometimes have a worse environmental impact. It’s also dangerous to be snobs saying we need to support our own.