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The Ethics of What We Eat

A compelling picture of the ethical problems surrounding the food industry

The Ethics of What We Eat

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Product name: The Ethics of What We Eat

Reviewer: Russell Blackford

Author: Peter Singer and Jim Mason

Publisher: Text publishing

Price: $32.95

Size: 303 pages

G Rating:

5

The Ethics of What We Eat is aimed at a popular market, and its content consists mainly of painstaking research on the food choices of three very different American families.

In each case, the authors have gone to great effort to trace the ingredients of family meals back to their sources, in an attempt to uncover the effects of farming methods on animal welfare and the environment. Their findings are reported clearly and in impressive detail.

Singer and Mason do not adopt an aggressive tone. Instead, they gradually build a compelling picture of the ethical problems surrounding the food industry in its current form.

They also offer practical advice, much of it aimed specifically at Australian readers. This book goes into the specifics of brands, particular restaurants, and so on.

The method is very much "Show, don't tell." It is advocacy of a powerful kind, partly because of its relative gentleness.

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