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This new father sets out on this journey to find out how
meat gets from the farms to our kitchen tables in America; in hopes of being able to give his son real
answers about the food we eat. The book
tells of his journey; looking at factory farming of chickens and turkeys; to
the way that pigs and cows are slaughtered.
The author tells his own struggles of being an on again, off again
Jonathan Safran Foer truly takes the reader on a journey in
this non-fiction, first person account of the meat industry. It is a journey to learn about the meat
industry, but also one of life and culture.
At the beginning of his book, he sets out to make a connection to the
reader. He makes the connection between
eating meat and memories of his grandmother’s cooking, of a culture that celebrates with
food; associating food with memories. He discusses the fine lines we set between animals we will and will not eat. The association of food with culture is one that all Americans can relate to, vegetarians and omnivores alike.
This book does not set out to be, nor is it a secret investigation
into factory farming and slaughterhouses.
It is truly an honest account of a father trying to figure out where our
food comes from. As he takes the reader through
the history of factory farming, and introduces us to the factory farming industry, the details can be shocking. What is great about this
book, is that he does not attack, all farming for meat. He does give accounts of conditions on family
farms, and makes a case for why our country needs to turn back to family farming. The numbers and statistics that he presents
can be alarming, but overall he does his best to present general information
about how meat is produced in the U.S. and what the affects of this process may
have on the health of Americans.
It is clear that the author comes to his own conclusion at
the end of the book about whether eating meat or not eating meat is best for
his family; but he also allows the readers to draw their own conclusions. Although the book captures
the cruelty of raising animals for food, it is not definitively pro-vegetarian;
and allows the reader to make his or her own decisions.