STEPHEN COMMENT: I met Chris in 2014 after a speaking engagement promoting this new book. Chris, in his speaking and in his writing is not prone to hyperbole. That’s part of what makes his message so powerful.
“The American supermarket seems to represent the best in America: abundance, freedom, choice. But that turns out to be an illusion.”
“Journalist Christopher Leonard spent more than a decade covering the country’s biggest meat companies, including four years as the national agribusiness reporter for the Associated Press.” The Meat Racket reveals “how a handful of companies executed an audacious corporate takeover of the nation’s meat supply. He shows how they built a system that puts farmers on the edge of bankruptcy, charges high prices to consumers, and returns the industry to the shape it had been in the 1900s before the meat monopolists were broken up. “
This is a section intended to commend an outstanding individual, not to recommend a product, but it is impossible to commend Christopher Leonard without mention of his important eye-opening book, The Meat Racket.
STEPHEN COMMENT: Sometimes being part of the solution is being able to frame, articulate and ask the right questions. Author Jonathan Safran Foer is an engaging storyteller with a beautiful gift for language. He applies his passion, rigorous intellect and his sense of humor, taking us on an exploration of a profound dilemma he is wrestling with – which happens to be one that effects most of us: How do we, as compassionate evolving human beings, reconcile learning about the vast horror, the complete ethical morass that is the torture, suffering and lifelong misery endured by billions of factory farmed animals, with our lifelong meat-eating habits, our family traditions, our social and cultural identity, meals shared with meat-eating family, friends and associates? His intimately personal exploration is even more affecting because he frames it around not only his personal choices, but the manner in which he and his wife must choose to raise their young son.
This is a section intended to commend an outstanding individual, not to recommend a product, but it is impossible to commend Mr. Foer without mention of his book which is testament to his journey, Eating Animals.