Authors@Google: Jonathan Safran Foer

Celebrated novelist Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, 2005, etc.) examines the ethics and practical realities of eating things with faces. The book is a surprising but characteristically brilliant memoir-investigation, boasting an exhaustively-argued account of one man’s decade-long struggle with vegetarianism. On the eve of becoming a father, Foer takes all the arguments for and against vegetarianism a neurotic step beyond and, to decide how to feed his coming baby, investigates everything from the intelligence level of our most popular meat providers-cattle, pigs, and poultry-to the specious self-justifications (his own included) for eating some meat products and not others. Foer offers a lighthearted counterpoint to his investigation in doting portraits of his loving grandmother, and her meat-and-potatoes comfort food, leaving him to wrestle with the comparative weight of food’s socio-cultural significance and its economic-moral-political meaning. Without pulling any punches-factory farming is given the full expose treatment as well. Foer combines an array of facts, astutely-written anecdotes, and his furious, inward-spinning energy to make a personal, highly entertaining take on an increasingly visible, moral question. (Review from Publishers Weekly)

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25 Responses to “Authors@Google: Jonathan Safran Foer”

  • OxiDemonik says:

    I’m aware of it. I’m a vegan myself so. That just happened to be an article I’d run across at the time which was from a media source many people are familiar with.

  • OnlyWayIsVegan says:

    This is true. However, by also cutting out dairy a man will reduce his chances of getting prostrate to practically zero. Being Vegan is healthier for humans, and healthier for the animals.

  • OnlyWayIsVegan says:

    Very good viewing. This guy is an excallent orator. I hope more people hear about him.

  • lispectorando says:

    Foer is hot.

  • Mick Scarborough says:

    I am so sorry if some assholes taste choices are limited by not murdering animals.

  • HumaneHominid says:

    I’m not saying that we’re “meant” to be vegans. Being an omnivore does NOT mean you HAVE TO eat meat. It just means you can. An animal that HAS TO eat meat is a carnivore, not an omnivore. Primates are not carnivores.

    We did not evolve the ability to eat meat, we inherited it. There IS a difference. All vertebrates have this ability, even cows and deer. But some have evolved additional abilities, like frugivore primates.

  • nachospole1 says:

    well maybe we have the ability to eat meat and we are able to get nutrients we need from it which means we are omnivours and have evolved to have the ability to eat meat meaning we are not meant to be vegans either

  • HumaneHominid says:

    Chimps don’t hunt for nutrition, though. The best evidence we have is that it’s a social cohesion behavior, not a nutritional one. They use it to make allies, not meet a nutritional deficiency.

    No, vegans do not need to take massive amounts of supplements. I’ve been vegan for six years, run 5 miles a day, and take no supplements at all except a sublingual B-12 vitamin. My doctor has no complaiints.

    We are not “meant” to do anything. That’s not how evolution works.

  • nachospole1 says:

    im dense you say apes eat meat because they are hungry well who would guess you eat because you are hungry, chimps activley hunt even when other foods are avialible so that argument is as weak as piss. And im not talking about if we can live without meat but if we are meant to eat it so that argument you brought up is pointless my friend is a personal trainer and the amount of suppliments vegans take is rediculous because they lack meat maybe you are the dense one.

  • HumaneHominid says:

    Sigh. You really are dense, aren’t you?

    Look: we need specific nutrients. Your body doesn’t care where the nutrients come from. Meat is not necessary. In the past, or in extreme cultures, meat may have been the easiest or only way. But you and I don’t live in the Stone Age, and we aren’t Inuits. We don’t need meat here and now in the 21st Century. No one does. Science marches on.

    Now, again, please stop appealing to evolution. It’s obvious you don’t understand it.

  • nachospole1 says:

    if we are not meant to eat meat why do we get nutrients that we need from them like protein, vitamin a retinol and fat. In the wild foods that provide these things are not always availble and we need to eat meat to get them so i think that is evidence to why we are meant to eat meat look at the inuits diet almost all meat now if we are not meant to eat meat why are they able to live of it.

  • HumaneHominid says:

    Because they are hungry. But that’s a not a point in your favor, even if you think it is. Most mammals in a state of nature are “omnivores”; even deer sometimes eat meat. Humans, though, don’t live in a state of nature. Being an omnivore only means you can eat meat, not that you have to.

    I see you have conceded that you cannot prove humans are meant to eat meat. You may go comment somewhere else now.

  • nachospole1 says:

    okay look at apes they are omnivores and have no real trait just for eating meat so explain why they eat meat

  • HumaneHominid says:

    Please stop using evolution. It just makes you look silly, since you clearly don’t grasp even the basics of biology. Throwing out a list of traits — teeth! pancreas! — proves nothing, because most of them aren’t uniquely human and therefore aren’t relevant. Wanna prove that we’re “meant” to eat meat? Pick a trait that ONLY humans have that’s a specific adaptation to meat-eating. If you can’t, the trait was simply inherited and we don’t actually “need” it. Have doesn’t mean must.

  • nachospole1 says:

    I will ask you this if we are not meant to eat it why are we able to and why did we start evidence is there to show we are meant to eat meat look at the pancrease,teeth and maybe if you think about living naturaly so no farming no fruits and veg availible all year look at tribs that live in the png they have to eat meat our they would lack nutrients I think people need to say they are vegan because they are uncomfortable eating meat and animal products.

  • HumaneHominid says:

    No, you didn’t… unless your teacher was a moron, or you weren’t paying attention.

    ALL vertebrates produce hydrochloric acid in their gastric mucosae. It’s an ancestral condition.

    Now, since you clearly don’t understand biology, I suggest you either reserve comment until you’ve completed a remedial course, or find something else to discuss.

  • nachospole1 says:

    bio class

  • HumaneHominid says:

    Where the hell did you get the idea that herbivores don’t produce hydrochloric acid?

  • HumaneHominid says:

    @nachospole1 Where on earth did you get the idea that herbivores don’t produce HCl? 

  • pinoyvegan says:

    One Republican disliked this video…underground.

  • عبدالله السلمي says:

    thank you 

  • nachospole1 says:

    The stomach’s production of hydrochloric acid is unique to meat eaters it activates protein splitting enzymes and it is something not found in herbivores Then there is the human pancreas which produces a full range of digestive enzymes for handling both animal and vegetable foods. B12 is produced by fermenting bacteria in the large intestine but it must have “intrinsic factor” from the stomach to be absorbed this fermentation by-product is unusable by the body.

  • OxiDemonik says:

    Sorry forgot to mention fats. Nuts, seeds, avocados and dark green leafy vegetables.

  • OxiDemonik says:

    Protein is in grains, nuts, beans and legumes. Iron is in green leafy vegetables. And your argument is, because we have always eaten meat that means we are anatomically suited to it? Sorry that’s just an appalling argument.

  • nachospole1 says:

    maybe you should have a look at our evolution and see how long we have had meat in the diet not only for us but our ancestors like homo erectus. My dad is in the army and has to go bush for survival training and we can’t live just of plants because in winter for one we can’t source enough iron protien and fats from plants but if you look at how nature works you would know this.

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