"The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." attributed to Plato

"Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." attributed to Edmund Burke

Let's between us make the world a better place.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Eating Animals

There has to be a huge amount that is good about a book that is not only right up there in the top selling Amazon.com ranks but also has 169 5* reviews out of a total 245, or 202 combined 4 and 5* reviews out of 245. (The UK version has a little catching up to do in the "number of reviews" stakes).

Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, so says the blurb, "is the most original book on the subject of food written this century."

I have been a vegetarian now for many years. I simply could no longer accept that we can justify our factory farming methods, the huge amount of unnecessary cruelty involved in much of our animal husbandry, and even in our fishing industry - yes fish DO suffer pain! I've written so much on this in my blog before. Now I have an ally in Jonathan Safran Foer.  

Do please read this book - As the blurb says, "It will change the way you think, and change the way you eat.
For good."

And that can only be a good thing.

This also takes me back to Jean Hardy's book A Wiser Politics, that I have been blogging about recently.
Here is another proposal from the 14 listed truths that Hardy says we must live out if we are to survive the twenty first century. A bit draconian? In the light of Foer's research and enlightened book, I don’t think Hardy goes any way near far enough.

Proposal 3 Question modern farming practices, working towards the
minimum eating of meat and fish. No more cattle and sheep
kept for human consumption: we should not raise millions
of cows and pigs for the sole purpose of slaughtering them
to provide meat for our table.

Hear Hear!

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