Jan 25, 2011

Eating Animals: Jonathan Safran Foer, Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays asks you to choose two sentences at random from your current read. Identify the author and title for readers.

"The UN summarized the environmental effects of the meat industry this way: raising animals for food (whether on factory or traditional farms) "is one  of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global. (Animal agriculture) should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution and loss of biodiversity." (p. 58)

Title: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)

Goodreads description: Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between carnivore and vegetarian. As he became a husband and a father, he kept returning to two questions: Why do we eat animals? And would we eat them if we knew how they got on our dinner plates?

Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, and his own undercover detective work, Eating Animals explores the many fictions we use to justify our eating habits-from folklore to pop culture to family traditions and national myth-and how such tales justify a brutal ignorance. Marked by Foer's profound moral ferocity and unvarying generosity, as well as the vibrant style and creativity that made his previous books, Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, huge bestsellers, Eating Animals is a celebration and a reckoning, a story about the stories we've told--and the stories we now need to tell.


  1. Great teaser! I would still eat meat if I knew how it got to my plate! I couldn't give it up! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

  2. Wow! What an intriguing set of ideas...thanks for sharing.

    And thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Interesting teaser! Makes me think of going vegetarian ... at least for a few days :-)

  4. very interesting. I've recently been looking into the availability of meats that are not corn-fed (due to an allergy to corn in the family). It's been very eye-opening to read about how the animals are raised. thanks for stopping by today. Kaye—the road goes ever ever on

  5. Interesting teaser. Definitely a vegetarian here. :)

  6. Very interesting even if I will always eat meat.


  7. Sounds like an interesting book - but one I probably wouldn't want to read! I've struggled with the vegetarian/carnivore problem over the years, too. But in the end, I've had to admit I'm a meat-eater and just get on with it! Good teaser.

  8. I hope you enjoy your book. Check out what my Tuesday Teaser is.

  9. This one sounds like a real discussion book!

  10. Happy Teaser Tuesday!!! My teaser this week is for Mistwood by Leah Cypess which is currently discount on Amazon for only $6.50 for a new hardcover copy!!! I posted a link to the price! Finally, a great fantasy book that really feels like the older fantasy novels written by favorites like Tamora Pierce and Sharon Shinn!

    Emma Michaels

  11. Sounds like an interesting read. If I knew I would probably be a veget.

  12. Great teaser! I don't eat red meat for this reason actually...well that and the mistreatment of animals raised for meat.

  13. I do not think I could be a vegetarian-but I try to eat vegetarian once a week-do you have a Trader Joes in your area-great sandwich is a whole wheat wrap with spinach, avocado smushed into the wrap, TJ spicy roasted peppers and tomatoes.

  14. I've been meaning to read this one - Foer is brilliant, and this is an interesting topic. Great teaser! And thanks for visiting mine this last week.


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