Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter

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A thought-provoking look at how what we eat profoundly affects all living things—and how we can make more ethical food choices

Five Principles for Making Conscientious Food Choices

1. Transparency: We have the right to know how our food is produced.

2. Fairness: Producing ...

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Overview

A thought-provoking look at how what we eat profoundly affects all living things—and how we can make more ethical food choices

Five Principles for Making Conscientious Food Choices

1. Transparency: We have the right to know how our food is produced.

2. Fairness: Producing food should not impose costs on others.

3. Humanity: Inflicting unnecessary suffering on animals is wrong.

4. Social Responsibility: Workers are entitled to decent wages and working conditions.

5. Needs: Preserving life and health justifies more than other desires.

Peter Singer, the groundbreaking ethicist who "may be the most controversial philosopher alive" (The New Yorker), now sets his critical sights on the food we buy and eat: where it comes from, how it's produced, and whether it was raised humanely. Teaming up once again with attorney Jim Mason, his coauthor on the acclaimed Animal Factories, Singer explores the impact our food choices have on humans, animals, and the environment.

In The Way We Eat, Singer and Mason examine the eating habits of three American families with very different diets. They track down the sources of each family's food to probe the ethical issues involved in its production and marketing. What kinds of meat are most humane to eat? Is "organic" always better? Wild fish or farmed? Recognizing that not all of us will become vegetarians, Singer and Mason offer ways to make the best food choices. As they point out: "You can be ethical without being fanatical."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781579548896
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

RICK ADAMSON's voiceover credits include industrials and commercials for radio, television, and audiobook recordings, including The Secret and Younger Next Year.

JIM MASON is an author, speaker, journalist, environmentalist, and attorney. He is best known for his 1980 book, Animal Factories, his first collaboration with author and activist Peter Singer. He lives in Exmore, Virginia.

PETER SINGER is one of the highest-profile writers on ethics today, regularly drawing fire for his views on such hot-button issues as abortion, animal rights, euthanasia, and war. The New Yorker says he "may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential." Born in Australia, he has taught at Princeton University since 1999, and lives in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Make better food choices to improve not just health, but the environment.

    Philosophy, cultural and social issues and health matters blend in Peter Singer & Jim Mason's The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter which is hard to easily peg, but which answers all kinds of questions on the motivating forces behind the American diet and the ultimate cost of these forces. Chapters by an ethicist and an environmental writer survey the meals of three typical American families with differing tastes and shopping habits, using their contrast to survey wider issues of working conditions, environmental degradation, health and more. The conclusion offers five basic principles consumers can use to make better food choices to improve not just health, but the environment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    A Must Read!

    This is a great book. It's informative, interesting and a quick read. The author's aren't 'preachy' either, which I appreciate.

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