The Face on Your Plate (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
The growing movement that asks critical questions about where food comes from will welcome The Face on Your Plate, a provocative book by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001) called attention to the way the U.S. food system is controlled by corporations that put profit before health. Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) exposed the recent food-safety scares and the dangers to health caused by a lack of government regulation. Masson’s The Face on Your Plate also seeks to raise public awareness of the ethical nature of food choices and challenges individuals to make a difference. This book documents the damage to the environment that the food production system causes and decries the cruelty to animals inherent in that system.
Without its extensive footnotes and comprehensive list of recommended readings and Web sites, The Face on Your Plate would be a slim volume. The text is only about 170 pages, but it is not a fast read. Masson presents a mix of passionate activism and scholarship. He is convinced that vegetarianism, more especially veganismabstaining from all animal products, including eggs and dairy productsis the only choice rational, compassionate human beings can make. Once they understand the implications of their food choices, not just for their health but also for the well-being of...
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Bibliography (Magill's Literary Annual 2010)
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