I feel like I struggle with many of the same issues that Jonathan Foer (author) does when it comes to being vegetarian. The book overall was a great read and I found myself laughing most of the way through it at things he wrote. The book is written like Foer is talking to you about this topic and includes many hilarious stories. I would go through the each section but there were like 20 per chapter so I will just highlight a few. I also liked the facts included in each section. I learned a lot about animal production and random views of subjects that made me do more research into them. The facts made the book more interesting to read because they were all over. One of the most surprising to me was that “one-third of the land surface of the planet is dedicated to livestock”! thats crazy considering how many people we have crammed in a room in some parts of the world!
The intro of the book and many of his home stories drew me in right away. His grandmother sounds hilarious and I wish I had someone in my life that wanted me to weigh more! I also had to agree with his quote at the beginning, ” Her food was delicious because we believed it was delicious”! I feel like that is a true statement in my life because my grandma always had the best food. Not really sure it was but when I was little it sure did taste like it! Then Foer’s struggle with becoming a vegetarian was similar to mine in high school, I liked the idea of it but when I was home and my dad was making dinner …. it was a rough time sticking to it.
When Foer talked about how many animals a single person will eat in their lifetime …21,000! I couldn’t believe it! there are so many diseases in meat and then there is tuna … I don’t know if I can ever eat tuna again. Then I feel so bad for pigs, my stomach and heart and throat all dropped as I felt like I was going to be sick.
Then the SHIT section:
This was interesting because many of the facts I was unaware of. Then I did some research into it and couldn’t believe how much manure is produced by different factory farms! This is a really good article that explores things factory farms are doing to keep the animal cruelty a secrete.
I really think that this book opened my eyes to a number of problems in the food industry. These are problems that many people have no knowledge of because it isn’t open to the public without doing research. This should be common knowledge and many people just don’t know or understand the way these animals are being farmed just to be cheap.