Just finished The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter by Peter Singer and Jim Mason. Oy. Don’t eat chicken from any factory-farm producer like Tyson or Purdue, that’s all I can say.
No, I can say more: here are four ethical principals we should be demanding from our food producers [and telling our government representatives to demand] according to Singer and Mason:
1. Transparency-we have a right to know how our food is produced as well as accurate and unbiased info about what we are buying and how it’s produced.
2. Fairness-producing food should not impact the environment or humans; food production must be environmentally sustainable.
3. Humanity- inflicting significant suffering on animals is wrong. “Kindness and compassion toward all human and animals is better than indifference to the suffering of a sentient being”.
4. Social responsibility-all factory workers must have decent wage and working conditions.
Part 2 [i.e. clear tips about how to be a “conscientious omnivore”] in a tic...