How much do we really know about the food we eat? We routinely pick up neatly packaged cuts of meat, cartons of milk, eggs, and other goods at the grocery store, giving little thought to their origins. Little do we know that a dark world of unclean, unethical, and often horrifying production lurks beneath the pristine appearance of our store-bought food. Actions that we would never knowingly support are being driven by our consumer dollars.
Peter Singer, our most probing ethicist, and Jim Mason, an environmentally conscious writer and attorney, reveal this underworld. They undertake an at turns shocking, illuminating, and darkly humorous journey, unearthing secrets that food producers would rather keep buried. Beginning their adventure at the dinner tables of three typical families with differing tastes and grocery shopping habits, they trace the origins of each family’s food and use their findings to discuss how we might put more ethics into our shopping carts.
Pairing this exposé with well-thought-out sections on the pros and cons of buying local, or products labeled “fair trade,” the complex dynamics of sustainability, the controversy over genetically modified organisms, the ethics of obesity, and the health implications of raising children vegan, The Ethics of What We Eat provides a thought-provoking and edifying read that won’t soon be forgotten.