Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer is a very powerful book. It may change the way you eat forever. In the book, Jonathan tells the story of how he became vegetarian. I think he did a lot more research than the average person. This was the first book that I have read of his. It was his first time writing non-fiction. Since this book, he has gone on to write more non-fiction.
I picked up this book because it is at the top of the list for books about veganism and vegetarianism on goodreads. Jonathan has filled the book full of numbers to drive home his points:
“Americans choose to eat less than .25%of the known edible food on the planet”
“Ninety-nine percent of all land animals eaten or used to produce milk and eggs in the United States are factory farmed.”
“… omnivores contribute seven times the volume of greenhouse gages that vegans do.”
There are more, many more. Before you balk at these statements let me tell you that Jonathan had the book fact-checked by two independent professional fact-checkers.
When you read this you can’t dismiss it. This is how our nation is creating food for us at low prices. We are suffering for it. I really don’t think that people know this is happening. If they do they are ignoring it. This is not good for us, the animals, our nation or our planet and we simply don’t have to do it. If you have doubts read the book.
The documentary of this book came out on 9/2/17. I can’t find it online. I believe its release may have been limited to Sundance. I’ll keep an eye out for it. The bonus is that Natalie Portman narrates it. She actually reached out to Jonathan to help him produce the documentary.
As if it needs to be said, I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.