Way We Eat Why Our Food Choices Matter

ISBN-10: 157954889X

ISBN-13: 9781579548896

Edition: 2006

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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 nbsp; 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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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Rodale Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Peter Singer is Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, University Center for Human Values, Princeton University.

Preface
Introduction: Food and Ethics
Eating the Standard American Diet
Jake and Lee
The Hidden Cost of Cheap Chicken
Behind the Label: "Animal Care Certified" Eggs
Meat and Milk Factories
Can Bigger Get Better?
The Conscientious Omnivores
Jim and Mary Ann
Behind the Label: Niman Ranch Bacon
Behind the Label: "Organic" and "Certified Humane" Eggs
Seafood
Eating Locally
Trade, Fair Trade, and Workers' Rights
Eating Out and Eating In, Ethically
The Vegans
JoAnn and Joe
Going Organic
Is It Unethical to Raise Children Vegan?
Are Vegans Better for the Environment?
The Ethics of Eating Meat
What Should We Eat?
Where to Find Ethical Food
Where to Find Information
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Index
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