Eating With Conscience: The Bioethics of Food
Michael W. FoxISBN: 0939165309;
From Publishers Weekly There's no question where Fox, a veterinarian and long-time Humane Society official, stands on how food is produced in this country. But can he convince the skeptics? In this persuasive illumination of the inner workings of the national food industry, Fox (The Boundless Circle) relies on numbers, and lots of them, rather than shrill rhetoric. For example, he reports that 7000 calves, 130,000 cattle, 360,000 pigs and 24 million chickens are killed every day (the average American consumes 2400 animals in a lifetime). Fox considers food-borne diseases resulting from virtually uninspected slaughtering conditions "as the new plagues," like the 1992-1994 "mad cow" disease in Britain. A year later in the U.S., more than 10 million "diseased, dead, dying, and debilitated cattle" and other consumable animals were "rendered" into other products. Corporations have reduced hands-on family farmers to 2% of the population; one-third of the topsoil of cropland has...
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