I am happy to announce my first book giveaway. When I attended the talk/book signing by Moby and Miyun Park last week, I had not had a chance to read Gristle: from Factory Farms to Food Safety. Now, I have read the book and I found it so compelling that I want to give a copy of the book to one of my readers. So, I am offering an autographed copy to one lucky reader (instructions of the giveaway are at the end of this post).
Gristle is a short book (140 pages) which is densely packed with facts and data that causes one to stop and consider the effects of factory farming on our world and its inhabitants (both animal and human). Factory farms directly and indirectly affect every body on the planet. For those seeking a simpler, more sustainable life, it is a particularly important subject.
Here are some facts that I found especially disturbing:
- Fertilizer production for feed crops alone contributes some 41 million tons of carbon dioxide (C02) annually — the equivalent of that produced by nearly 7 million cars. Note: this is not fertilizer for crops being consumed by humans. This is fertilizer for crops being fed entirely to farm animals.
- In the post-World War II era, one-third of the world’s grain along with over 90 percent of soybeans, is going not to humans but is being fed — in an ironic twist — to animals in feedlots.
- Male dairy calves are used in the veal industry. (Of course, this is due to the fact that male dairy calves do not produce milk and are of no use to the dairy industry. I had not really put two and two together before. Even by choosing organic milk from “happy” cows, a consumer is indirectly supporting the veal industry).
- In meat-eating households, researchers have found more fecal bacteria in the kitchen — on sponges, dish towels,, the sink, and counter surfaces — than they found swabbing the rim of the toilet. (Note: this is due to cross-contamination of viruses and bacteria from meat and poultry in the kitchen).
To enter this book giveaway, please leave a comment below.
The winner will be picked at random and announced on Wednesday, April 7th.