This crazy smart article features the dangerous ideas of Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Eating Animals and Everything is Illuminated. He spent many years doing research about modern industrial animal farming for his Eating Animals book; the results were terrifying and shocking. Surprisingly though, he was pretty even-handed in his approach. For example, he says:
”With [the question of eating meat], even if you give it as generous and humble approach as you can, it’s almost impossible not to avoid heated feelings. It speaks to a shared awareness that something really big is going on. Even if you think it’s a fine thing to do.”
He didn’t suggest that everyone needs to stop eating meat immediately, but rather people learn about food and make healthier decisions for their families. He and his family made a decision to be vegetarian, but he knows that not everyone would choose this path. He says:
”Do I think there is any chance in the world that half of Americans will be vegetarians in 10 years? I would say there is virtually no chance in the world of that. Do I think there is any chance that half of the meals eaten in America will be vegetarian in 10 years? I think there is a good chance of that.