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diet_new_america Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth by John Robbins
HJ Kramer, 1998
Robbins details the horrors of factory farming from debeaking and tail-docking of farmed animals to treating them with pesticides, hormones, tranquilizers, and other chemical substances. Robbins makes the case for our meat-based diet being responsible for higher incidences of arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, cancer, and other degenerative diseases.
eating_animals Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
Little, Brown and Company 2009
Foer challenges the reader to look at what he or she eats as he explores the case for being an ethical vegetarian. Through a personal exploration of what we eat and how what we eat affects our lives and the environment, Foer acknowledges the connection food has to every aspect of our lives. In a balanced and sometimes humorous look at our behavior, Foer brings us to the table to investigate our food choices.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Vegan/Vegetarian
face_on_your_plate Face on Your Plate, The: The Truth about Food by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
W. W. Norton & Company, 2010
Advocating a vegan diet, Masson points out the environmental damage caused by the modern agriculture-industrial complex, including the industry of aquaculture. He argues that a vegan diet provides us with all the nutrients we need to thrive, and it will eliminate the suffering farmed animals endure to become The Face on Your Plate.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Vegan/Vegetarian
food_revolution Food Revolution, The: How Your Diet Can Save Your Life and Our World by John Robbins
Conari Press, 2001
Robbins demonstrates how we can help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, and avoid genetically modified foods by eating vegan. He rejects contemporary factory farming methods and demonstrates how individual dietary choices can be both empowering and have a broad impact on the world. He covers such topics as fad diets, food irradiation, hormone and antibiotic use in animals, cruel animal husbandry practices, the economics of meat consumption, biotechnology, and the prevalence of salmonella and E. Coli in our food supply.
luckey_ones Lucky Ones, The: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals by Jenny Brown
Avery, 2012
The book chronicles the life of the author and founder of Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary as she comes to the realization that her life’s work should be about rescuing farmed animals. Ms. Brown educates the reader on the horrors of factory farming and on the joys of getting to know individual cows, goats, chickens, pigs, etc.
mad_cowboy Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won’t Eat Meat
by Howard F. Lyman with Glen Merzer
Touchstone, 1998
Lyman, once a cattle rancher, investigated the use of chemicals in agriculture. What he learned led him to become vegetarian and to expose the fact that an animal-based diet is the primary cause of cancer, heart disease, and obesity in this country.
featherd_friend My Fine Feathered Friend by William Grimes
North Point Press, 2002
A chicken arrives in the author’s backyard in Queens, NY, where she takes up residence with the family cats. Grimes writes about their time with the chicken, who left as mysteriously as she came, and offers historical background and anecdotes about chickens that are both serious and humorous at the same time.
ninety_five Ninety-Five: Meeting America’s Farmed Animals in Stories and Photographs
Edited by No Voice Unheard
No Voice Unheard, 2010
A collection of stories and photographs about farm animals living in sanctuaries and homes across the country.
Nonfiction, Secondary Topic: Photography
omnivore_dilemma Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
Penguin, Reprint edition, 2007
Pollan asks basic questions about the moral and ecological consequences of our food as he traces four meals back to their origin. He starts with a McDonald’s lunch, then prepares a dinner from items bought at an organic superstore. Next, he prepares a meal from food bought at a small Virginia farm; and finally he creates a meal he has foraged and hunted for himself.
prisoned_chickens Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry
by Karen Davis, PhD
Book Publishing Company, 2009
Davis exposes modern poultry practices, revealing the tragedy chickens endure through modern farmed animal practices. The book covers chickens raised for both the meat and the egg industry and covers topics such as avian influenza, food poisoning, global warming, genetic engineering, and the explosion of poultry production and consumption worldwide.
slaughterhouse Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect, and Inhumane Treatment inside the U.S. Meat Industry
by Gail Eiznitz
Prometheus, 2006
Slaughterhouse is the first book of its kind to explore the impact the meatpacking industry has had in the last 25 years regarding industry consolidation, increased line speeds, and deregulation and the effects of those changes have had on workers, animals, and consumers. It is also the first time workers have spoken publicly about what’s really taking place behind the closed doors of America’s slaughterhouses.


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