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Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
by Gene Baur
Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food tells the story of Farm Sanctuary, introducing readers to some of the thousands of animals who have found solace at our shelters. It also tells the story of factory farming, revealing its perverse logic and examining the havoc it wreaks. With grace and guts, the book bears frank witness to the suffering this institution inflicts on billions of animals. Yet Farm Sanctuary offers a vision not bleak but hopeful, reminding us that both the responsibility and the agency to effect change are in our hands.
Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
by Melanie Joy PhD
In her groundbreaking book, Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy explores the invisible system that shapes our perception of the meat we eat, so that we love some animals and eat others without knowing why. She calls this system carnism. Carnism is the belief system, or ideology, that allows us to selectively choose which animals become our meat, and it is sustained by complex psychological and social mechanisms. Like other “isms” (racism, sexism, etc.), carnism is most harmful when it is unrecognized and unacknowledged. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows names and explains this phenomenon and offers it up for examination. Unlike the many books that explain why we shouldn’t eat meat, Joy’s book explains why we do eat meat – and thus how we can make more informed choices as citizens and consumers.
Ranch of Dreams
by Cleveland Armory
Amory’s last release, Ranch of Dreams, tells the story of The Fund for Animals’ Black Beauty Ranch, a sanctuary for hundreds of abused and abandoned animals. Over the years countless animals who have been mistreated or simply found inconvenient have been saved from death’s door at this unique sanctuary. Wild burros from the Grand Canyon have been rescued from massacre. Goats from San Clemente Island have been saved from U.S. Navy guns. Nim, the talking chimpanzee and perhaps the most famous animal in the country, was released from a laboratory. Everything from elephants and buffalo to prairie dogs and, yes, cats have found their haven at the ranch, where they can live out their lives knowing, as the last line of Black Beauty puts it: My troubles are all over, and I am at home.
The China Study
by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. and Thomas M. Campbell II, M.D.
In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Recognized as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease, The China Study cuts through the haze of misinformation and examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by government entities, lobbies, and opportunistic scientists.
The China Study, a national bestseller co-authored by Dr. Campbell and his son, Thomas M. Campbell, MD, has sold more than 750,000 copies since it was first published in 2005. It is the foundation upon which a nationwide plant-based diet movement is based. The China Study presents a clear and concise message of hope as it dispels a multitude of health myths and misinformation.
The science is clear. If you want to be healthy, change your diet.
by Jonathan Safran Foer
Like many others, Jonathan Safran Foer spent his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood—facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child’s behalf—his casual questioning took on an urgency. This quest ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.
This book is what he found. Brilliantly synthesizing philosophy, literature, science, memoir, and his own detective work, Eating Animals explores the many stories we use to justify our eating habits—folklore and pop culture, family traditions and national myth, apparent facts and inherent fictions—and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting.
by David Robinson Simon
Few consumers are aware of the economic forces behind the production of meat, fish, eggs, and dairy. Yet omnivore and herbivore alike, the forces of meatonomics affect us in many ways.
Most importantly, we’ve lost the ability to decide for ourselves what – and how much – to eat. Those decisions are made for us by animal food producers who control our buying choices with artificially-low prices, misleading messaging, and heavy control over legislation and regulation. Learn how and why they do it and how you can respond.
Written in a clear and accessible style, Meatonomics provides vital insight into how the economics of animal food production influence our spending, eating, health, prosperity, and longevity.