Author(s): Peter Singer & Jim Mason
After achieving best-selling status in trade paperback, a handsome new format edition of this important work by Australia's Peter Singer. In 1980 Peter Singer and Jim Mason published Animal Factories, a landmark work on the harm factory farming inflicts on the environment, rural communities and animals. A generation later, in The Ethics of What We Eat, the pair embark on a remarkable journey to investigate the foods we eat. Their findings are both shocking and illuminating. Their adventure begins at the dinner tables of three families with differing tastes and shopping habits. The authors scrutinise methods of production for every food group, including the factory farming of cattle and pigs, of chicken and fish, as well as the recent increase of GM foods now available from our supermarket shelves. They also explore the burgeoning organic food movement, the fair trade movement, the pros and cons of buying locally, and how it is possible to be an ethical consumer in the twenty-first century.
Peter Singer is Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He went to Princeton in 1999 after spending most of his life in Australia. Author or editor of over 25 books on ethics, Singer is best known for Animal Liberation, widely credited with starting the animal rights movement. The New Yorker has said: 'Peter Singer may be the most controversial philosopher alive; he is certainly among the most influential.' Jim Mason grew up on a farm in Missouri-the fifth generation in a family of farmers. He is an author, lecturer, journalist, environmentalist and lawyer who specialises in human/animal concerns. He is best known for his book Animal Factories, also written with Peter Singer.