Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer, wasn’t a life changing book for me, but it brought up a lot of interesting ideas and I definitely think it’s a great place to start for anyone interested in where our food comes from.
I think he brings a lot of different angles into his argument against factory farming. One of the most interesting aspects of the book was his focus on vegans or vegetarians who rather than campaign against all animal consumption participate in the movement to raise animals for slaughter in healthy, humane ways.
Side note: If you haven’t read his fiction book Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, I highly recommend it. I don’t generally describe anything other than cats as “adorable,” but the main character is adorable, and the story is fantastic. I also don’t really like heart-wrenching stories, but this story about a young boy who loses his father in the 9/11 terrorist attack is heart-wrenchingly wonderful. Loved it!!
The article below is exactly related to what I just mentioned about vegans and omnivores joining forces to try to eliminate factory farming practices.
I’m currently looking into how I can get involved in London. I don’t want to be the type of “activist” whose only activism is blogging angry words.
Naturally Adrian doesn’t agree with volunteering with anything to do with animals when there are people suffering in the world, but I think this is helping people. This is a cause I am becoming passionate about and I’m devoting almost all of my reading time to health and food issues associated with where our food comes from and how it is produced. This is just as much about people as it is about animal welfare and safety.
Another good place to start learning is Twitter. I follow a few people who post a lot of great articles about where our food comes from, what’s in our food and the movement to end factory farming.
Here are a few of my favorite food related/animal welfare people to follow on Twitter. I’m still fairly new, so if you have any recommendations leave a comment! To see my full list, just visit my Twitter page @sarakuhlman.