A few days after his "Against Meat" essay ran in The New York Times Magazine, author Jonathan Safran Foer appeared on Larry King Live to talk about the safety and ethics of meat. Said DawnWatch, "He is fast becoming one of the animal advocacy world's most compelling spokespersons—well worth hearing." As the November 2 release of his book Eating Animals draws closer, let's hope he continues to get lots of media exposure. Said Foer:
There's a certain kind of meat, which is produced on factory farms, that is in every single way unconscionable. It's unconscionable to feed to our children because of the health [considerations]. It's unconscionable because it's the single worst thing that we can do to the environment by a long shot. And it's unconscionable because of what we're doing to animals who are raised on factory farms. ...Adam Yauch Goes Vegan
Upwards of 99 percent of the animals that are raised for meat in this country come from factory farms. So when we're talking about meat, when we're talking about the meat that they sell in grocery stores or we're talking about the meat that we order in restaurants, we are effectively talking about factory farms.
After being diagnosed with cancer in July, Beastie Boys vocalist and bassist Adam Yauch (aka MCA) has gone vegan. BBC reports that Yauch told fans, "I'm taking Tibetan medicine and at the recommendation of Tibetan doctors I've been eating a vegan/organic diet." Although Yauch is one of several Beastie Boys members with at least one Jewish parent, he has embraced Buddhism.
Nebraska Slaughterhouse Up for Sale
The Gordon, Nebraska, kosher slaughterhouse that was the site of a 2007 PETA investigation—then known as Local Pride and owned by the Rubashkin family—is up for sale. The Associated Press reports, "City manager Fred Hlava said ... that he's talked to several parties—some interested in restarting a kosher operation and others who would employ conventional processes." Earlier this month, the city of Gordon teamed with First Bank Business Capital Inc. to purchase the plant.
Recent Goodies on The Jew & The Carrot
Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster wonders whether synagogue members should join together to buy vegetarian staples like legumes and grains in bulk. Leah Koenig explains that some wines are manufactured with the use of animal products and suggests several wines that are suitable for those who follow a very strict vegan diet. Jonathan Braumberg-Kraus discusses Jonathan Safran Foer's recent "Against Meat" essay in The New York Times Magazine.
Tal Ronnen's Cookbook
Vegan chef Tal Ronnen's cookbook The Conscious Cook came out earlier this month. Ronnen's claims to fame include preparing Oprah Winfrey's meals for her 21-day vegan cleanse last year and catering Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi's vegan wedding, Arianna Huffington's Democratic National Convention party, and the U.S. Senate's first vegan dinner.