Unlike Jonathan Foer I had never given much thought about the consumption of meat and how animals are treated in our large scale meat production and this book certainly changed my mind.
I am still oscillating between phases of eating no meat and being carnivore again but I certainly consume a lot less meat and if possible not the cheap barbaric mass produced stuff you get in the supermarket.
Growing up with my Granny taught me a lot in many ways – especially when it comes to food. Throwing away food was completely unthinkable. She was too proud to ask for state support and feeding, clothing two kids on a widower pension was actually pretty tough. So we often dumpster dived behind supermarkets before it was hip 😉
When she bought a chicken she would use the whole bird from head to tail. What a waste to only use chicken breast which is now mainly sold in supermarkets.
Meat was something we had at weekends and somehow I still think the world could be ok being carnivore if we could all just stick to the 1-2 days a week consumption instead of stuffing ourselves with meat every day of the week.
So this whole throwing stuff away just because the best-by-day has passed makes me so so angry. The idea of organic food is great, but if we don’t start to consume less (and throw away less) there is no way organic will help much.
So if I can have one Christmas wish: Buy less, ignore the best-by-day and use your nose and eyes instead and try to throw away as little as possible.
OK – enough preaching – which book made you change your opinion on something?