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Explore the Impact of Factory Farms and the Environment with author, Jonathan Foer

Factory farms and our food supply are intertwined -- but there are smarter choices for our health, our billfold, and our future. Making the change needs a new "story" that replaces the emotional color of Thanksgiving turkey with more ethical and courageous choices. It's possible, and it's even feasible today ... more so than even a few years ago.

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Factory farms and the hamburger on your table are the greatest environmental global issue we face today. How can that be?

Jonathan Safran Foer's discussion of his new book, "Eating Animals" and his writing career, is enlightening about how changing eating habits in America and emerging nations, as well as unethical marketing practices by the global agricultural industry are masking the impact of that "innocent" 50 cent hamburger that looks so cheap.

Very thought provoking. We have choices -- real choices, feasible choices. And we know that we have more than environmental problems to solve -- our food supply and system are part of growing health issues, antibiotic obsolescence, expanding global economies, and drastic impact on our water, ocean and air systems. In addition to the ethical issues of how we as humane creatures treat animals for our convenience and status quo lifestyles.

We have choices. As leaders in our families and communities, we are obliged to learn the real-world differences between organic and cage-free and free range. The differences are huge. They are not only about taste and nutrition, but about our economic system, political stability and these food systems impact our health, our environment, and even our ethical values.

Foer is a writer and his discussion of his writing career is hauntingly parallel to the choices we face in the food world -- what's easy and what's hard?

Fiction and non-fiction are two very different vehicles of communications. Foer points out in this interview that human habits are messy, and writing is a way to explore one's ideas. While we're not all writers, we can creatively explore our options in real life by telling people that you're a vegetarian. That simple act is also a way of exploring your relationships and your ideas because it creates an opportunity for dialog and learning new cooking skills.

Fascinating, simple choices are possible! And important for our thoughtful consideration.

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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