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Archive for December, 2009

Photo: illustration from  Fair Trade Vegan Chocolate

For a  little seasonal “it’s the thought that counts,” check out “I Want To Live In A World Where.” Even “organic food for everybody” is a preference! My own choice is more specific, especially during Holidays: “organic chocolate for everyone.” 

On this “…a World Where” video I love the sheep at the end who wants to get in on the kissing! Who would you kiss? What would you add to this “I want to live in a world where” list?

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Eating Animals

Photo: illustration from Farm Forward

“Can we talk?” This line, made famous by comedian Joan Rivers, could well apply to Eating Animals, a new book by Jonathan Safran Foer. The book–part memoir, part expose—is billed as “the most important book on animal agriculture in decades.”  Why? “Because no other honest account of animal agriculture has ever addressed the issue on so many levels–[which is so] essential to creating lasting change….How we raise farm animals is not simply an issue of animal welfare, ecological sustainability, or sound economics, but all of these and more. How we choose to feed our families and ourselves says a lot about who we are as individuals and as citizens. Our food choices are also statements of values.”

Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Foer in yesterday’s Globe and Mail :

“You talk about how organic, free range, fresh is almost mythical [i.e. the labels have become almost meaningless]. Are people who buy this stuff being fooled?

It’s a good instinct, but yeah, they’re being fooled. And what’s particularly crappy about it is an industry is taking advantage of our better instincts. They’re having us go out of our way to spend more money to buy something that will better align with the values we have.

What about factory farms horrified you the most?

Most people’s interaction with these farms comes through videos of slaughter and so people think that’s what’s horrifying, some bloody animal running around a slaughterhouse. But even in bad slaughterhouses, that’s still the exception. And in a way, it conceals something that is much worse, which is just the systematic cruelty of these places. The tens of billions of animals that never see the sun, never touch the earth, can’t exercise any other species-specific behaviour, are fed unnatural diets and are bred to suffer. They are all like that. All the meat in supermarkets and restaurants.”

Food for thought, and for discussion. [For more about Eating Animals, see Farm Forward and “Is Any Meat OK to Eat.” ]

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