Washington Post Reader Discussion with Jonathan Safran Foer

November 19, 2009

The Washington Post hosted an online discussion today with Eating Animals author Jonathan Safran Foer. I especially like this response:

Woodbridge, Va.: Mr. Foer,

First off, thanks for adding your voice to the rising chorus of those concerned about the food we eat.

If this is a battle between the average person and Agribusiness, is there any possibility the current increase in food awareness can win? I feel like we are all such small voices in this wilderness.

Jonathan Safran Foer: We are winning, because we are everyone. NO ONE who doesn’t have a vested interest in it likes factory farming. Free roaming and cage free eggs are the fastest growing sector in the food industry not because they taste better or because they’re better for us, but because people think it’s wrong to cram animals into cages for their entire lives. And not just people taking bong hits on their porches in Berkeley. These are fundamentally American values. If anything, they’re conservative. These are the values that have guided farming for literally thousands of years. And they’ve been completely upended in the last fifty. The more exposure people have to the realities of factory farming, the more we will see people rejecting it. It’s already happening.

This whole discussion is great. Most of the questions are from omnivores with a clear interest in giving their food choices greater attention. Link.

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