The Way We Eat

  • by Peter Singer, Jim Mason
  • Narrated by Rick Adamson
  • 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Eating is about more than satisfying our hunger. It's also about the environment, social justice, personal development, and sustainable living. Many Americans already know this. We're eating less red meat and more organically produced foods, and most restaurants offer vegetarian options. But do we really know the truth about mechanized animal farming and slaughterhouses, herbicide and pesticide use, and labels that promise "Certified Humane"?In this revolutionary look at food and the future of life on earth, Peter Singer and James Mason examine the diets of three typical families and track down the sources of their food to see how humanely it was produced. They identify six empowering ethical principles that conscientious consumers should consider when shopping for groceries or eating out. They name names, of companies that are voluntarily instituting more humane systems, and of those that continue to offend. Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, they explore ways to make the most ethical choices within the framework of a diet that includes some animal products. The bottom line is: You can be ethical without being fanatical, and here's how.


What the Critics Say

"A no-holds-barred treatise on ethical consumption, this is an important read for those concerned with the long, frightening trip between farm and plate." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Interesting, but leaves something to be desired

I've been reading related books like those by Marion Nestle, the _Walmart Effect_, as well as documentaries like _Super Size Me_ and I was expecting alot from this book. (Can you tell I'm on a bit of a consumer awareness campaign for myself?) Perhaps that was my problem: expectations. After reading _Walmart Effect_ which I felt was written quite well and with a fair look at both sides of the argument around Walmart, this book is in many ways one-sided in how it presents its material. I *will* reconsider what I eat in the future (beef, pork, and chicken), so in that sense, the authors have enlightened me, but I would have liked a more balanced presentation of the facts provided.
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- Marnie F. Biando

Guilt throwing vegans

There are many good points made in this book, particularly about factory farming and the "unseen" costs of our food production to the environment and the lives of people who live and work or or near these farms. They also allude to some regulatory issues, mosty here in the US. The authors are also fair in their discussion of how buying from nearby sources may not in fact be as environmentally or ethically sound as buying imported foods, and raise some questions about "organic" and the extent to which we can trust that label. And of course they do remind us that eating lower on the food chain has unquestionable value. It's just that they really have a totally one-sided view toward killing of any animal for food, and make sure to paint the ugliest picture possible. Yes, many of the practices they menion are abhorrent, but I didn't hear any good suggestions from them about how it could/should be done differently .. except that they tell us to buy Tofurkey for Thanksgiving. They push their "moral" views so hard that I felt my back going up. I noticed myself surprised when they made a statement that was apolitical or didn't seem to serve their point, but I had the feeling that they put those in just so they could say "see, we're showin both sides." I think this book might guilt a small number of people into becoming vegans, but I don't see it having the kind of influence needed to change the way food is produced in the US. I think it should have been entitled "The Way You Eat" as they claim to be exempt. And about waste of "outdated" food from groceries, they did not address whether stores, made by law to discard outdated food, are able to give that food away.

Read it with the understanding that this is a sales job.
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- bonnie "DaWomz"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2006
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books