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The Compassionate Carnivore: Or, How to Keep Animals Happy, Save Old Macdonald's Farm, Reduce Your Hoofprint, and Still Eat Meat

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Catherine Friend tackles the carnivore’s dilemma, exploring the contradictions, nuances, questions, and bewildering choices facing today’s more conscious meat-eaters. The Compassionate Carnivore is “perfect for people who would like to eat meat but have moral, ethical, or health concerns about doing so” (Marion Nestle, What to Eat). Based on her own personal struggle, Friend’s original, witty take on the meat and livestock debates shows consumers how they can be healthy and ...

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Overview

Catherine Friend tackles the carnivore’s dilemma, exploring the contradictions, nuances, questions, and bewildering choices facing today’s more conscious meat-eaters. The Compassionate Carnivore is “perfect for people who would like to eat meat but have moral, ethical, or health concerns about doing so” (Marion Nestle, What to Eat). Based on her own personal struggle, Friend’s original, witty take on the meat and livestock debates shows consumers how they can be healthy and humane carnivores, too.

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Editorial Reviews

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Bookslut.com, July 2009
“Friend presents a compelling case that there's plenty wrong with the way Americans eat meat. The Compassionate Carnivore is chock full of facts and well cited, drawing from a variety of sources. I applaud Friend's approach of finding balance between the extremes of mindless consumption and hyperawareness.”

Gastronomica magazine, summer issue
“Friend’s passion for farming and the fact that she continues to wrestle with her own recommendations add up to a readable, informative tale.”  

Publishers Weekly

As a former city-dweller and self-described "lesbian, Elvis-loving shepherd," Friend has a unique and intimate perspective on the morals, economics and practicalities of raising and eating meat humanely. With low-key, Midwestern humor, she takes readers on a tour of an abattoir, writes a love letter to her lambs heading for slaughter and relates how chivalry has been bred out of roosters. She delineates the differences between certified organic, certified humane, cage free, free range, and omega 3 eggs; the often-confusing nuances of organic, sustainable and conventional farming; and why, in her opinion, small farms are preferable to big ones. She encourages readers to get to know their local farms and provides questions to ask farmers and butchers about their produce. Readers interested in the subject will likely be familiar with Friend's overall treatment, but fostering a long-term commitment to the cause, she believes, is "an act of respect that will affect the lives of the millions of animals raised in this country every year," and her suggestions are so reasonable that even the most rampant, mainstream meat-eater might consider trying them. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213095
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/27/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 775,133
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Friend is the author of Hit by a Farm, as well as six children’s books and two novels. She farms in Minnesota with her partner of twenty-five years.

www.catherinefriend.com

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Table of Contents

Part 1 What's a Carnivore to Do? 1

Pulling My Head Out of the Sand 5

Pork-Chop-on-a-Stick 9

Can a Carnivore Be Compassionate? 15

I Learn a Few F-Words 23

Meet Fluffy-She'll Be Your Lamb Chop Tonight 29

Part 2 Stuffing Ourselves 39

Leading the Meat Stampede 43

How Much Is Too Much? 47

Listen to Your Mother and Clean Up Your Plate 53

Part 3 Old MacDonald's Farm Is Gone, e-i-e-i-o 59

Falling for Little Bo Peep 63

It's Not a Wonderful Life 73

That's One Heck of a Hoofprint 85

Part 4 As Green as It Gets 95

Sustainable Is More Than a Buzzword 99

Grass Farming as Aerobic Exercise 105

It's Chicken's (and Pig's and Sheep's and Steer's and Cow's) Life 111

Go Organic . . . or Not 121

To Certify or Not to Certify 127

An Animal Is What It Eats 133

To Your Health 137

Part 5 Choosing How Animals Die 141

Where There's Livestock, There's Dead Stock 145

A Disassembly Line 149

Letter to My Lambs 157

Inside an Abattoir 161

Part 6 Time for a Break: Taking a Pasture Walk 169

Talking to Animals 173

Do Sheep Feel Sheepish? 179

Sexual Congress (Between, Not With, Animals) 185

Part 7 Bowling Together (Slowly, Wearing an Apron) 191

Get Real about Your Goals 195

Don't Bowl Alone 201

Start Where You Live 207

Finding a Farmer 211

Visiting a Farm 219

Learning the Lingo 223

Slow Food vs. Go Food 229

Embracing Eggplant 237

Part 8 Making a Difference 243

A Seat at the Table 247

Connecting the Dots 251

Meanwhile, Back at the Fair 257

Acknowledgments 261

Notes 263

Resources 275

Index 281

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2008

    Disappointing

    As a girl who grew up helping out on my Grandparent's farm and I have watched it be passed onto my aunt and uncle, I felt this was disappointing. This book would be better for people who have no idea what farming is. If you know anything about farming, you will be bored out of your mind. I also did not like hearing about the author's farm over and over again. I felt she repeated herself over and over again. I also was surprised that the lesbian author compared statistics of lesbian and gay couples to the amount of animals slated for slaughter every year. I felt that was uncalled for. I would not read this again nor would I recommend anyone else to read it. I will agree that it was comprehensive, but it was really boring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2008

    Veggie-headed bookboy

    If you must eat meat, then you must read this higly compassionate work by author who brought you 'Hit by a Farm'. Even though my Wife and I are Veggies,I support people like Catherine Friend who in a world of meat eaters tries to make it a little bit more respectful. Thank you Catherine.

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