Wednesday, May 19, 2010
(photo from amazon.com)
Eating Animals = not after you read this book!
My whole life I have gone through the stages of vegetarianism, vegan-ism, raw vegan-ism, pescartarian-ism, and even omnivorism. For different reasons I have always struggled to stay straight within my type of lifestyle for long. Granted I was vegetarian for about 15 years - but a few times a year while on this "diet" I ate chicken nuggets and other items that had animal by-products. I think I was just testing the waters and looking for what really fit into my lifestyle needs. All I knew was that I didn't want to eat red meat - which I haven't done for most of my life.
My husband and I have been eating vegan for about three months I believe and have been loving it. It wasn't until I read "Eating Animals" this last weekend that I was truly saddened! Seriously, if you want to continue to eat meat, stay clear of this book because it will change your omnivore way of thinking completely.
The book is not about telling the reader to strictly go vegan but it does bring up stories of factory farming that will turn anyone with a heart away from eating animal meat. For instance, who knew that the majority (I believe the rate was 99%) of turkeys sold today have been so genetically engineered that they can not even reproduce! This includes turkeys and chickens that are mail ordered and raised on personal farms. There is only 1 USDA approved turkey farm in the nation that has real turkeys called heritage (which is a fancy word that means - not genetically engineered). And don't get me started on the conditions that animal factories such as Tyson are treating the animals and the uncleanliness of the "farm" and slaughterhouses.
I highly suggest this book if you are interesting in healthy eating. It is a great book to learn about what we are all putting on our plates each day. It's terrifying to read some of the personal stories and accounts by employees of the slaughterhouses that push the animal meats into the grocery stores.