I just finished reading (most of) Eating Animals by Jonathan Foer. I grew up vegetarian, but have eaten meat for most of the last twenty years. I've heard and read about factory farming before, but as a busy new mom I've given myself permission to put it out of my mind in the name of convinence. Well, after reading that book I am thoroughly convinced that I don't want to eat meat from factory farms and I'm adopting a primarily vegetarian diet, this time with some committment! Eating Animals is a very uncomfortable book to read and some parts I skipped because they were just too much reality for me to take. I had no idea of the severity and extensiveness of damage that is caused by factory farming and industrial fishing. There are so many issues that I hadn't thought of: animal cruelty and corporate greed, of course, but I had never considered the extreme wastfulness, human rights abuses, environmental damage, increasing inefectiveness of antibiotics, flu pandemics and simply the overwhelming, disgusting absurdity of it all!
I am very impressed with the author who spent three years researching factory farming. I wouldn't have lasted nearly that long! To think that he started this project as a result of having a baby and wanting to know what was in the food he ate before he gave it to his son, inspires me to never again put these issues out of my mind when I make decisions about food for my family.