I just finished reading In Defense of Food, another brilliant book by Michael Pollan. I think Ominivore's Dilemma is a better book for the average American that is still buying meat, eggs, and milk from the grocery store. If you still buy animal products from the grocery store (which I know most of you don't, but I also KNOW some of you do) you NEED to read Omnivore's Dilemma.
Warning, rant ahead:
I am appalled that people do still buy animals products from the grocery store. Knowing what we know about how the animals are treated while being raised and in their death, knowing what we know about what is given to these animals (antibiotics, growth hormones, animal byproducts as feed), knowing that meat from animals that eat grass is much healthier for us, the eaters, than animals than eat grain, how can someone justify buying animal products from the grocery store?
I know these products cost more when purchased from a farmer who treats his/her animals currectly, but that is a good thing. The average American spends less than 10% of their income on food compared to 15-20% in other, healthier countries. The average American also spends 15% of their income on healthcare compared to 5-10% in other countries that are spending more on food. Coincidence? Also, most American should eat less animal products, so spending more on them will encourage this and be healthier in the long run. It is amazing to me that for most people their number 1 consideration when buying food is price! Food is one of the most important things in our life and for our health and we are deciding what to eat based on price? How did our priorities get so screwed up?!
Sorry for the rant and I know for most of you it is preaching to the choir, but I do know some people who I've told all these things to on numerous occasions that still go and buy their meat and eggs based on what is on sale at the grocery store. How many meat recalls are we going to need before these people wake up and put a little more effort into getting their food? Local, healthy animal products are available pretty much everywhere. Isn't it worth 1 Saturday a month to make the trip to get these products? Isn't it worth a little more money to increase not only your health but the health of the earth?
In conclusion, read Omnivore's Dilemma if you haven't yet. Then read In Defense of Food. You'll never view food the same way again!