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Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

2010/09/15

Foer, author of “Everything is Illuminated” and one of the New Yorker’s top twenty fiction writers under forty, decided to take a closer look at the American food industry, particularly the animal farming and meat packing processes, after the birth of his son. Many books have been written about food in recent years, but Foer brings a number of unique queries and quotes to the table. In his first chapter, he examines the oddity of American attitudes towards animals, suggesting that our fond feelings towards dogs and other pet animals is unjustified given our argued criteria of not eating companion animals or those with great intelligence. Foer continues his investigation by looking at a variety of farms, ranging from factory farms to small boutique farms, and examining the process of meat packing. His later chapters are pretty graphic in their description of the killing of animals.

This is definitely a book that will make you consider the implications of eating meat, being vegan, or somewhere in the middle. Foer looks at each type of meat, including fish, which is often neglected, and make comments on the impact of each. An excellent contrast to the many food books being published today, but this book is not for the faint of heart.

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