Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Eating Animals

I enjoyed Joanthan Safran Foer's first novel Everything is Illuminated and the film is worth seeing I think.  I really liked his second novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - I found it original and moving.  His newest book is a non-fiction work called Eating Animals. I plan to read it within the next couple of weeks.  Meanwhile I came across an interesting interview with him:

Some things are very simple, and some things are complicated. It’s simple that we shouldn’t eat factory-farmed products—I say that being somebody who does. And we should eat a lot less. But we have to stop thinking about it in terms of “I am a this, or I am a that.” And instead, really think about it in every situation: is this a time when I can say yes, or I can say no?

Even if you don’t care about animals, nobody is indifferent to the quality of air we breathe or the water that we drink, or the health of the oceans, or our ability to use antibiotics, or how workers are treated—there are so many perspectives from which we can look at this. But what is complicated is good farms. And farms where animals are treated very well. And these exist.

Read the rest of the interview in Prospect Magazine


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog. I haven't read this book yet but it does sound interesting. I think the point he makes in the quote is so true, i am (generally) a vegetarian but I'm not hardline about it and in some situations have eaten meat and fish.

  2. And, like him, I am a vegetarian, but I do eat dairy food, like cheese, that comes from factory farms, but shouldn't really.