About a month ago I became a vegetarian. I have tried being a vegetarian before, for no particular reason, and it just didn’t stick. I would do well for about two weeks and then remember that bacon exists and I’d give up. It even became a joke in my family. When I informed my father that I’m a vegetarian again he asked if it was going to last until the weekend because he needed to know what to make my sister and me for dinner. This time it’s different, though, because this time I read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.
In this book Foer begins by explaining that he really began to look into the meat industry because he was expecting a child and he wanted to be able to not only feed him well, but also pass down good stories and beliefs to him.
Foer doesn’t try to sway the reader one-way or the other, he just presented the facts. The problem is that the facts are incredibly shocking. You’ll have to read the book to get the full affect, but it’s crazy…crazy enough to convince me to stop eating meat.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to be better informed about the food they’re fueling their bodies with. And the great part about it is that it doesn’t just focus on the food, it focuses on the stories and meanings behind it.