The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter

The Way We Eat Why Our Food Choices Matter Book by Singer Peter Mason Jim

  • Title: The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
  • Author: Peter Singer Jim Mason
  • ISBN: 9781579548896
  • Page: 496
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Book by Singer, Peter, Mason, Jim

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    1. Peter Albert David Singer is an Australian philosopher He is the Ira W DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, and laureate professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics CAPPE , University of Melbourne He specializes in applied ethics, approaching ethical issues from a secular preference utilitarian perspective.He has served, on two occasions, as chair of philosophy at Monash University, where he founded its Centre for Human Bioethics In 1996, he ran unsuccessfully as a Green candidate for the Australian Senate In 2004, he was recognized as the Australian Humanist of the Year by the Council of Australian Humanist Societies.Outside academic circles, Singer is best known for his book Animal Liberation, widely regarded as the touchstone of the animal liberation movement Not all members of the animal liberation movement share this view, and Singer himself has said the media overstates his status His views on that and other issues in bioethics have attracted attention and a degree of controversy.Excerpted from.

    2. This is a fantastic book, written in a non-academic style, covering issues such an animal welfare, organic foods, locally grown foods (with a surprising twist on that choice!), and fair trade items. I found this book incredibly well researched, and open to empirical facts rather than demonstrating any blind allegiance to any one particular view point. After reading this book, I've entered into several conversations with vegan/animal rights friends of mine who generally criticize Singer, who was [...]

    3. Out of all the books that deals with food, this is the must have book to read! I have been trying to find some chapters or segments that I can use to teach to my class about animal rights, food politics, and the environmental concerns dealing with food. I was expecting to only find a chapter or perhaps a segment to use. To my surprise, the whole book is worthy to be taught in class.Peter Singer is well-known in philosophical circles as an ethicist and utilitarian. He has written many books about [...]

    4. I'm not sure I would have liked this book so much if I wasn't already mostly-converted. On the other hand, if I had read it during my still-omnivorous years it may well have been the kick in the pants that I needed to actually make a change, much earlier than I actually did.Far from taking a hardline approach and condemning all non-vegans out of hand, the authors take a compassionate look at the food choices made by three different families, and from that launch a discussion of the impact that t [...]

    5. A balanced exploration of how what we eat matters regarding the health of our planet and for animal welfare. Peter Singer has long been an ethicist I've admired and enjoyed reading his works. This book looks at the diet of three American families --real people who are profiled as case studies. The authors go to the grocery store with each family, and then trace everything in their cart and explain where each of those food items comes from. Factory farming is discussed , organic farming is discus [...]

    6. I knew going into this book that I wasn't likely to get an objective, unbiased view of the food system from the author of "Animal Liberation" but I tried to keep an open mind. Most of the book is really well done -- informative, factual, thought-provoking, and well-researched. I read this shortly after reading "The Omnivore's Dilemma" so a lot of the information was familiar to me, but I appreciated the reinforcement of ideas I've already read about.My biggest problem with this book is that Sing [...]

    7. Only read this book if you are ready to change the way you eat. Because once you read it you cannot go back to the way things were before. The authors explain what it is your actually eating and how it is produced. Once you know all the details it changes everything, especially about meat and dairy. It's easy to be ignorant, as we lead busy lives and the media represents everything so nicely. It's always the big companies that have the best ads and are the cheapest so we buy their products the m [...]

    8. In his recent work, The Ethics of What We Eat (March 2007), Singer and farmer Jim Mason investigate the shopping choices of three families with diets exemplary of our current culture: Standard American Diet (SAD), Organic, and vegan. The Hiller-Neirstheimer family lives in Mabelville, Arkansas, shops at Wal-Mart and eats the SAD. They choose their groceries based on convenience and cost, and are unaware of ethical values concerning food. The Masarech-Motavalli family lives in Fairfield, Connecti [...]

    9. Worth a read/recommendation for anyone curious about the ethical implications of their eating habits, but doesn't want to be condemned for sometimes choosing convenience over ethical considerations. If you've already decided being vegan isn't for you, then at the very least, this book will debunk some common labeling misconceptions as well as assist you in opting out of factory farmed meat and fish that has been caught in a completely unsustainable manner.There's also an interesting look into wh [...]

    10. really informative and interesting. This book convicted Jeff almost into vegegarianism I suppose for me it is just making me think a lot about paying more money for lest crualty and waste. Even if you aren't a greenie hippy you should read this. If nothing else we should all know what it takes for our easy and cheap foods.

    11. Excellent, but wish it was less US-centric (Why not, Peter Singer, have more about Aus food production? Or even a different edition in which the food production of Australia is explored?)

    12. Very good book. Dense on information, data, statistics. Difficult to read in some parts due to high information density. The arguments and stories presented on the book led me to try tge vegan lifestyle from now on, let's see how that goes.

    13. When I was four years old, I became a vegetarian by choice. I lived in a small town and we raised some chickens on our land. I think our chickens had good lives, and I vaguely remember happily collecting their eggs. One day, I witnessed my grandma slaughter one of our chickens. From what I can remember, I think she cut its head off, and it continued to run around a bit after. Since I was so young, my memories about this incident aren't vivid, but my mom still remembers. She says that my relative [...]

    14. I've enjoyed reading this book. It truly opened my eyes to the cruel practices of the food industry along with the term "factory farming." The book has made me want to enforce the vegetarian practices I've began to maintain, especially during my Spring Break (I thought my parents would make meat-related products, but I've seemed to do excellently well in avoiding them.).With this said, I do not believe that everyone who reads this book will immediately begin questioning where their food originat [...]

    15. i'm not quite sure what i think after reading this book. it's difficult reading ethics because at the end, everything feels like a gray area that you need to investigate further. when it comes to food choices and wanting to eat ethically, this ambiguity is pretty frustrating what is my takeaway? pretty much that if you believe animals feel pain (which they pretty much do and it's proven) and you don't want to inflict that pain, being vegan is the answer. it's strange, because peter singer comes [...]

    16. I thought about giving this 3 stars for the fact that Peter Singer isn't my favorite and some of his biases rub against mine.But overall, this was a well researched, (mostly) evenly presented book. Possibly every angle of food consumption (in the developed world) is explored from mass meat production and the care (or lack thereof) of animals in the process to whether it's environmentally sound to buy local (spoiler: not the likely answer you think). There is no conclusion, no panacea that addres [...]

    17. Niesamowicie wnikliwa książka poruszająca wiele aspektów naszych codziennych wyborów kulinarnych. Skupia się nie tylko na dokładnej analizie różnych form hodowli zwierząt (od przemysłowych po tzw. humanitarne czy ekologiczne), ale także zagadnień takich jak sprawiedliwy handel, czy wpływ pożywienia na środowisko. Znaleźć tu można dokładne dane dotyczące opłacalności produkcji mięsa, wykorzystywanej w nim wody, czy ropy naftowej. Prześledzić możemy warunki hodowli róż [...]

    18. The Way We Eat investigates the ethics of food choices, specifically covering issues like factory farming, eating meat, vegetarianism/veganism, eating locally, aquaculture vs wild catch seafood. Some of the conclusions were expected, some were new to me. All were well presented. The format of sitting down to a meal and tracing the foods back to the source is very much like the Omnivore's Dilemma, but can feel a little more patronizing as the authors only eat with some of the families they profil [...]

    19. it is a bit preaching-to-the-choir with regards to its obvious bias towards animal rights, and environmental concerns, but i appreciate the fact that the authors were also sure to not condemn outright those people who do chose to eat meat, animal-products, etc but rather stressed the importance that we act as fully informed consumers, and that we take the time to make sure what form of "business" we are supporting with our almighty-dollar.family farms, "Humane" keeping of livestock, organic grow [...]

    20. This was a very interesting book that looks at different food industries and food issues such as animal welfare, organic foods, locally grown foods, and fair trade items. It looks at the lives of three different families and the way they shop for food and why, and the ramifications of those choices. The book shows an obvious bias when it comes to animal rights and environmental issues, but I thought did a good job at exploring arguments from many different viewpoints. Although I don't agree with [...]

    21. This looks at three different families eating choices which are represntative of the general public and follows their food back through the stores into production which makes it a unique take. It really doesn't push an agenda and tells it how it is, when transparency is available in the meat world. That being said even without agenda pushing the conclusion is always going to be stop eating animals so any of the one million reasons. It also looks at when organic and buying locally are not the rig [...]

    22. This was an engaging work of nonfiction (data mixed with storytelling); powerful. The only feature that could have possibly made it stronger would have been photographs, however, the text was enough for me to re-evaluate my family's food choices and purchasing power. What is the real cost of cheap food? This text taught me a lot in response to that question in terms of environmental impact, health and social concerns, and animal welfare.

    23. So far this book has a good overview of the impact food processing has on the environment and the global economy. One of the authors is Peter Singer, who wrote "Animal Liberation," which is a seminal animal rights book. While this book does deal with animal suffering, it also deals with the organic and humane food movements, fair trade, buying locally, etc. The writers observe the eating habits of 3 families and follow the food trail.

    24. Not a whole lot I hadn't already read in "Omnivore's Dilemma" and "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle." Basically Singer says that nothing you eat is safe or ethical. Jains would love him. Personally, I'm getting fed up with the alarmist talk surrounding food. It's important to be aware, and to make good food choices, but I refuse to live in fear. That's all.

    25. Man, eating is hard Meat comes from places you don't want to know about. Fish is good for you and tastes great, but the oceans are being depleted. Bottom line is that our Western behavior is unsustainable.

    26. a hugely powerful book which answered so many questions and certainly ones that I hadn't even considered needless to say I am a newly converted vegetarian

    27. Interesting look at how America eats. Similar to the concept of Omnivores Dilemma but a much wider view at typical American habits.

    28. Excellent, well-balanced, well-researched, and disturbing analysis of what food choices we make and what those choices are based on, and how the way we eat is a moral and political act which effects the lives and welfare of millions of animals, the health of the soil and the overall environment, the physical and spiritual health and welfare of ourselves, how it contributes to climate change, and how it directly effects how future generations will benefit or not from our decisions. You'll never l [...]

    29. If you ever have any misgivings, issues, doubts, or grievances against the food industry, read this book. Whatever you know of the food industry is a sliver of the reality, and things are way worse than we're commonly aware of. That said, this book should really only be read if you're on the fence, otherwise the extremely heavy-hitting and horrifying stuff in here will more likely just get shoved into that vault in the back of your mind where you store the terrible things you don't want to have [...]

    30. the author seemed to be doing a reader's digest version of the omnivore's dilemma. which is fine for people who don't have a ton of time to slog through that book but I feel like they covered all of the really well worn paths like Nimen ranch pork, Chipotle, PolyFace Farms, and didn't really delve into the more serious matters like yes, golden rice exists, but it doesn't do what it's supposed to do. or that not everyone can afford to eat organic or has access to healthy food

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