Eating Animals

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I’m, what you might call, a headache for my friends and family, mostly as concerns parties, barbecues,  dinners and the like. It’s not just the food that’s an issue: seating arrangments are more important than one might think (you don’t want the vegetarian seated in front of a roasted piglet: head, eyes and feet happily affixed on plate) and don’t even get me started on  the topics of discussion.

Omnivores everywhere, for the love of God or what have you, take heed! Talking about how delicious lamb’s brains are with a little lemon won’t win you any sympathies. Nor will your tactless commentary be alleviated by casually adding that brains are not as disgusting as they sound, or that they could, in fact, be the very food I’m eating right now. In my head, I’m thinking, Great, one more vegetable I can’t eat any longer, THANKS!

Making me understand that fish are also animals with feelings, or that eating eggs is premature murder is also not the right way to go about it. Worse than that? Trying to convince me that eating eggs is worse than eating brains because who would rather eat sperm than a body part? (Is it really sperm? Don’t tell me!)

Before you start talking about animals and how great their body parts taste, it might be a good idea to read into the subject. I’m glad I’m almost on the same side as Jonathan Safran Foer, whose book Eating Animals, details his journey and research of the meat / fish industry. According to Foer, our food, like everything else in life, is part of a story. What we eat, has a story, but do we listen before hungrily wolfing down what’s in front of us? If you’re mildly curious about what you eat, this book is a great vehicle to answering some important questions in a style expected of Foer. It’s not a book about vegetarianism; it’s about knowing what you eat and making a conscious, informed decision to eat it.

If you want to find out more about this book and the motivations behind it, here’s an interview with the author by RSA.

I’m currently reading this and one thing’s for sure: If you are what you eat, then I’m very colorful. Wendy‘s pictures capture the very core of every veggie-loving person out there.

If you are what you eat, then what are you?

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