The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter [NOOK Book]

Overview

How much do we really know about the food we eat? We routinely pick up neatly packaged cuts of meat, cartons of milk, eggs, and other goods at the grocery store, giving little thought to their origins. Little do we know that a dark world of unclean, unethical, and often horrifying production lurks beneath the pristine appearance of our store-bought food. Actions that we would never knowingly support are being driven by our consumer dollars.

Peter Singer, our most probing ...

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The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter

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Overview

How much do we really know about the food we eat? We routinely pick up neatly packaged cuts of meat, cartons of milk, eggs, and other goods at the grocery store, giving little thought to their origins. Little do we know that a dark world of unclean, unethical, and often horrifying production lurks beneath the pristine appearance of our store-bought food. Actions that we would never knowingly support are being driven by our consumer dollars.

Peter Singer, our most probing ethicist, and Jim Mason, an environmentally conscious writer and attorney, reveal this underworld. They undertake an at-turns shocking, illuminating, and darkly humorous journey, unearthing secrets that food producers would rather keep buried. Beginning their adventure at the dinner tables of three typical families with differing tastes and grocery-shopping habits, they trace the origins of each family's food and use their findings to discuss how we might put more ethics into our shopping carts.

Pairing this exposé with well-thought-out sections on the pros and cons of buying local, or products labeled "fair trade," the complex dynamics of sustainability, the controversy over genetically modified organisms, the ethics of obesity, and the health implications of raising children vegan, The Ethics of What We Eat provides a thought-provoking and edifying read that won't soon be forgotten.

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"An absolutely indispensable book for anyone who thinks about what they eat ... I cannot recommend it highly enough."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and Raising the Peaceable Kingdom

". . . vital, urgent, and disturbing."—Dorothy Kalins, New York Times

". . . clear and persuasive."—Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

"A no-holds-barred treatise on ethical consumption."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605296074
  • Publisher: Rodale
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 266,488
  • File size: 867 KB

Meet the Author

PETER SINGER is an Australian moral philosopher. He is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and a Laureate Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. He is a major proponent of biocentrism (ethics).

JIM MASON is an author and attorney who focuses on human/animal concerns.

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  • Posted January 20, 2010

    Thought Provoking

    I had to read this for an environmental ethics class. I was worried at first about reading it since I do not necessarily agree with Peter Singer's ethical code. However, I found this book a very good and easy read. It presented information in a very straightforward way. Overall, I found the information to be accurate. I would read this book again on my own.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Your food choices can save the world!

    The Ethics of What We Eat follows three families as they make their usual food choices, showing where the food comes from, how the food affects the family, and how those food choices affect the world! The book follows a typical bargain shopper, an organic shopper, and a vegan shopper. Find out where your food comes from and why it is important to be informed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    Good book

    I enjoyed this book. It has a lot of good information from good sources. It was a little repetative at times though. However, other times they would refer to a person that they introduced earlier and our memories would not be refreshed on exactly who the people were. Overall, I definatly recommend this book for all meat eaters and non meaters alike.

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