Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Way We Eat by Peter Singer and Jim Mason (a review)

The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter
4 out of 5: The Way We Eat is an in-depth exploration into the ethics of our food choices. To illustrate their arguments, co-authors Singer and Mason use the eating habits of three families as case studies: a typical suburban family looking for low-cost, convenient food choices at their local Wal-Mart; an upper-middle class family that chooses organic foods whenever possible and shops at places like Whole Foods; a vegan family that is very tuned into food ethics.

Singer is an ethicist, and this book includes detailed analyses of the ethics implicated by eating meat in general, eating meat and from factory farms, eating farm-raised fish, choosing organic and free-trade foods, buying local food, and other food choices. For people already sensitized to the ethics of food choices, this is a great book for diving deeper into the subject. It's well-written and well-researched. Newcomers to the issue, however, should start with something less dense like Michael Pollan's fabulous primer, The Omnivore's Dilemma.

4 comments:

Jen - devourer of books said...

So is this a good follow-up to Pollan's book (which I loved)? Something to help me go deeper?

Gwen Dawson said...

Absolutely. If you loved The Omnivore's Dilemma, and you're looking for more depth, then I highly recommend The Way We Eat.

Nicole said...

I loved the Omnivore's Dilemma. Glad to see a recommendation that will take that knowledge to the next step.

Courtney said...

I love this book! As a vegan that does not like to sound preachy, I have recommended this book to several people that were ready to learn more about the animal agriculture/food industry, and they all learned a lot more, and went vegan to boot! Awesome...