I read Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’ wide-eyed.. then re-read it and extracted some of the most shocking bits. I believe everyone should know (and think about) these.
You can read and digest them, or you can choose to keep your eyes shut for the rest of your life and still bite into that fillet.
Click HERE for the main facts
and some other notes:
On ethics: Why should eating be different from any of the other ethical realms of our lives? We were honest people who occasionally told lies, careful friends who sometimes acted clumsily. We were vegetarians who from time to time ate meat.
On practices: Upwards of 99 percent of all animals eaten in the U.S come from “factory farms”
On elements: The differences between dogs and fish couldn’t seem more profound. Fish are not companions, they are divided from us by surfaces and silence.
On truth: We are constantly lied to about nutrition
On space: One-third of the land surface of the planet is dedicated to livestock.
On scale: Farmed animals in the United States produce 130 times as much waste as the human population. And yet there is almost no waste-treatment infrastructure for farmed animals.
On reality: Farmers do not aim to produce healthy animals.
On invisibility: A single salmon farm generates swarming clouds of sea lice in numbers thirty thousand times higher than naturally occur.
On comparison: 100 percent pasture-raised beef, setting aside the issue of slaughter for a moment, is probably the least troubling of all meats
On action: Farming is shaped not only by food choices, but by political ones. Choosing a personal diet is insufficient. A collective will is emerging — a political will, and also a will of consumers, retailers, and restaurants.
On perspectives: The world doesn’t need to produce nearly as many animals as it’s currently producing. Factory farming wasn’t born or advanced out of a need to produce more food — to “feed the hungry” — but to produce it in a way that is profitable for agribusiness companies. Factory farming is all about money, creating a food industry whose primary concern isn’t feeding people.
On efficiency: It takes six to twenty-six calories fed to an animal to produce just one calorie of animal flesh. The vast majority of what we grow in the United States is fed to animals — that is land and food that we could use to feed humans or preserve wilderness — and the same thing is happening all over the world, with devastating consequences.
On supplies: Animal agriculture uses 756 million tons of grain and corn per year, much more than enough to adequately feed the 1.4 billion humans who are living in dire poverty.
Now think of any animal product, any other processed food item..