The Way We Eat by Peter Singer
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 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."

 

About Peter Singer

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PETER SINGER, is author of Animal Liberation and coauthor of Animal Factories, is one of the highest-profile writers on ethics today, regularly drawing fire for his views on such hot-button issues as abortion, euthanasia, war, and animal rights. Born in Australia, he has taught at Princeton University since 1999 and lives in New York. JIM MASON is the author of An Unnatural Order and the coauthor of Animal Factories. He is also an attorney and the fifth generation of a Missouri farming family. He lives on Virginia's Eastern
 
Published May 2, 2006 by Rodale. 288 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy, Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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This sometimes-graphic expos is not myopic: profitability and animal welfare are given equal consideration, though the reader finishes the book agreeing with the authors' conclusion that ""America's food industry seeks to keep Americans in the dark about the ethical components of their food choic...

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Fortunately we do have choices- the book moves on to look at ethically and humanely raised meat (and here the book diverges from Michael Pollan, who was less than impressed with Whole Foods, whereas Peter Singer is- read more about this here).While the authors make a strong case that the Vegan di...

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