Judgment at the end of your fork

Despite the atrocities of our culture’s animal husbandry, I’ll never give up meat.

More and more, I’m satisfied with very little of it. Also, frankly, I can’t always afford to buy organic or naturally raised. Better food remains the domain of fuller wallets than mine. But that’s another issue for another day.

Forget organic and naturally raised, says author Jonathan Safran Foer [Everything Is Illuminated], whose new book Eating Animals was released this week.

In this Q&A by Sarah Boesveld, he says:

Even if you want to be an ethical omnivore or a selective omnivore, just given the realities of farming, it means you’re going to eat vegetarian almost all the time.

I’m having trouble thinking of myself as unethical, but I’ll own up to thinking that the best efforts of the local food movement, microfarming and CSAs are still a drop in the bucket and not really impacting factory farming in any real way.

Which is not to say microfarming and all the related efforts around it are for naught. Quite the opposite. It’s just that, when I hear complaints about factory farming followed by one form or other of boycotting, I think, “There’s got to be a better way.”

When Upton Sinclair wrote The Jungle [1906], his exposé of the Chicago meat industry, it led to historic reform. His book was responsible for the Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act, including better working conditions for workers.

I want to hear more about reform for large scale operations. Is Canada as bound to nepotistic relationships among government agencies to protect corporate profits as is the case in the U.S. [See Food, Inc.], or are we more likely to succeed in changing food production on a grand scale?

via TreeHugger.com