So how is it that our supermarkets are filled with food produced in food factories, by an industrialized form of agriculture that is fast ruining our environment and obliterating a type of lifestyle many of us find admirable? This is where I need to put in the fact that I grew up on a hog farm that became increasingly confinement based, so my focus may be a little hog-centric, but Niman does a good job of detailing the history and development of industrial farming for several kinds of livestock. The research is unmatched; this is certainly an invaluable read. I'd say my favorite section where I learned the most turned out to be the section on seafood and farmed fish; I learned a lot about eating it, and Niman's information debunked a lot of hearsay about seafoo A very interesting, fact-filled book. Assigned to write a story about food production and food activism for the Kalamazoo College alumni magazine, I introduced myself to Nicolette when she an alumnae visited the college campus. But along the way, she won several important legal battles and put the issue of industrial hog farming on the map.
To learn more about cookies, please see our. Farms to K is an organization of students, faculty and staff that has been working with local farmers since 2005 to bring fresh, healthy food to the Kalamazoo College cafeteria. Niman took me into the feedlot and the slaughterhouse, to realize that a disturbing number of animals are actually dismembered and gutted while still alive and fully conscious. If you like food books and you make it past the first third of the book, you'll probably like it, unless you really like the first third in which case you'll probably stop after the first third. On Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.
She moves to his California ranch and throws herself in to the life of a ranch wife. We say we want to eat well and ethically, we admit to qualms about modern methods of food production, but most of us would rather not know the whole story. At first glance I thought this book would be similar to Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals: part memoir, part indictment of the industrial food If you are going to read a book about where food comes from, read this one. Fortunately for people like us there's Nicolette Hahn Niman, a generally sane and sympathetic character, pushing us gently but firmly in a direction we know we should already be heading. They're the food equivalent of James Carville and Mary Matilyn.
So let's get back to what are the real issues at hand: the ills of industrialized food production. Main Author: Format: Book Language: English Published: Collins Living, 2009 Edition: First edition. Like Eating Animals, this book touches on the animal welfare, human health, and environmental effects of factory farming. Sadly, the credibility of your argument is diminished by problematic writing. In other words, if you don't give a hoot about the pig, consider all that flavor and nutrition you and your family are missing. Some eight years in the making, the author has done her homework. Compartmentalization was a concept I came to understand is absolutely necessary for most of us to act in ways that are not in accordance to our own values.
Niman is an environmental lawyer and focuses on how these industries break the law. I thought I was an environmentalist, caring about the preservation and good stewardship of the natural world we live in. Clearly, abundance is not an issue. I never thought I'd be a hippie buying a share of a pastured pig from a local farm, but, here I am, and these two books have a lot to do with that. Still, the fact is, most of us are hypocrites when it comes to food. After Niman leaves Waterkeepers due to a conflict with a manager, the book gets a little slow. This kind of food production is detrimental to animals, detrimental to human beings, detrimental to the environment.
I think her topic is incredibly interesting, however the book's documentary feeling can be a little hard to get through some spots. Often the animals never see the outdoors, never breathe anything but the stink of their own waste, never get to raise their own offspring, and never even get a meal that isn't laced heavily with harmful drugs and blood and excrement from other animals. Although she focuses primarily on Pork. It belongs to the same family as the current popular food reformers in the Michael Pollan camp, but it's distinctly separate as well. Well, I wish this book were like that instead of trudging through the mundane. The moneymen decided that the operation had to be run more like the rest of the meat industry, and Bill departed to raise goats and turkeys. I was also quite impressed that she, a vegetarian, and her husband, a rancher who eats meat, could create a life together.
I can honestly say that it helped me to become a more ethical consumer. Worse than the food part, the book identifies a major source of pollution in the environment. Some time ago, I was reading another good book about human behavior, and what is required for us to behave against our own values. Niman goes into great detail about her visits to industrial farms. This information helps us design a better experience for all users.
Clearly, abundance is not an issue. On Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p. Compartmentalization was a concept I came to understand is absolutely necessary for most of us to act in ways For many years, I thought I had been doing the right thing, eating the right foods and watching out for my health. Well, I wish this book were like that instead of trudging through the mundane. Bobby Kennedy, Jr decides to set his Waterkeepers organization after the confinement pork industry because of the strain they put on the natural systems they inhabit. Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms Righteous Porkchop is a disturbing, mind boggling exploration of the unrelenting, systematic cruelty and animal abuse that is at the heart of all farm animal based foods we eat.
There's a whole process there that works beautifully before we start super-sizing it and messing with it. The book is full of astonishing and sometimes horrifying facts. Whatshe discovered transformed her into an intrepid environmental lawyer determined to lock horns with the big business farming establishment. Starting her work for Kennedy's organization in North Carolina, Niman uncovers the shocking practices of hog factory farms, including inhumane animal confinement and devastating water and air pollution. Serving as the senior attorney for Robert F. Instead, we have Mad Cow disease, and microbes flowing into streams and rivers and lakes.
She profiles the innovative and cost-effective methods these operations have incorporated to make a profit by ethical, sustainable means. While Niman doesn't eat meat, she does use dairy products and eat eggs, but I think she does an excellent job of explaining that while dairy and eggs can be terrible for the animals and the environment in the industrial-agricultural model, on small-scale farms with responsible farmers and ranchers acting as stewards of their cows and chickens, it's perfectly acceptable. The author shows us what is going on behind all those closed doors and hidden-away buildings. The person breaking down my denial door is author Nicolette Hahn Niman. She emphasizes that a failure to do so will endanger the future survival of these animals and the whole food chain including us. Then you have an idea what this food adventure is all about.