Not Eating Animals

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There’s an excerpt from Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book Eating Animals in the New York Times Magazine’s Food Issue this week. In his first work of nonfiction, Foer explores two questions: Why do we eat animals? And would we eat them if we knew how they got on our dinner plates? Aside from the horrid conditions they have to endure on their way to our local grocery stores, there are many other reasons to go vegetarian. Foer offers another angle for your consideration:

According to reports by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N. and others, factory farming has made animal agriculture the No. 1 contributor to global warming (it is significantly more destructive than transportation alone), and one of the Top 2 or 3 causes of all of the most serious environmental problems, both global and local: air and water pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity. . . . Eating factory-farmed animals — which is to say virtually every piece of meat sold in supermarkets and prepared in restaurants — is almost certainly the single worst thing that humans do to the environment.

He will read from Eating Animals and discuss this new work on November 8th at LA’s Skirball Center. The event is free, but you need to make a reservation.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on October 12, 2009.

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