Book Giveaway: Autographed Copy of “Gristle”

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

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23 Responses to Book Giveaway: Autographed Copy of “Gristle”

  1. I wonder if my carnivore friends will be offended when I pull out my bottle of clorox when they invite me over for a meal. Seriously, when will Americans wake up to the massively negative impact that factory protein production is having on this country, from the huge federal subsidies that increase the deficit and artificially lower the cost of incredibly unhealthy food to the weakening of the few remaining antibiotics through overuse and the massive contribution of factory farms to global warming (more than all forms of transportation in the U.S. combined). Thanks for the post. Keep up the good work.

  2. I wonder if my carnivore friends will be offended when I pull out my bottle of clorox when they invite me over for a meal. Seriously, when will Americans wake up to the massively negative impact that factory protein production is having on this country, from the huge federal subsidies that increase the deficit and artificially lower the cost of incredibly unhealthy food to the weakening of the few remaining antibiotics through overuse and the massive contribution of factory farms to global warming (more than all forms of transportation in the U.S. combined). Thanks for the post. Keep up the good work.

  3. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Well said, Larry! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Well said, Larry! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Avatar Chandra Strowmatt
    Chandra Strowmatt says:

    I’m not quite sure I understand what the book is about. Is it for/about being Vegan or is it for responsible food choices (like free-range and grass-fed/finished)? I watched Food Inc. but I’m sure that movie only grazed the topic.

  6. Avatar Chandra Strowmatt
    Chandra Strowmatt says:

    I’m not quite sure I understand what the book is about. Is it for/about being Vegan or is it for responsible food choices (like free-range and grass-fed/finished)? I watched Food Inc. but I’m sure that movie only grazed the topic.

  7. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Hi Chandra,

    The book is a collection of essays from 15 contributors who discuss the harm caused to agricultural workers, communities, the environment, and animals in the factory farming system.

    The aim of the book is not to convert people to veganism. Instead, it tries to raise awareness of these important issues and hopefully create useful dialog. And, as you correctly stated, it is all about making responsible food choices.

    Thank you for your question!

  8. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Hi Chandra,

    The book is a collection of essays from 15 contributors who discuss the harm caused to agricultural workers, communities, the environment, and animals in the factory farming system.

    The aim of the book is not to convert people to veganism. Instead, it tries to raise awareness of these important issues and hopefully create useful dialog. And, as you correctly stated, it is all about making responsible food choices.

    Thank you for your question!

  9. I have also watched Food Inc and am very concerned about our cultures production and consumption of food. Although I am not a vegetarian, I have started serving more meatless meals to my family and have cut down my processed food purchases. I know these are small steps,but as I learn more I’ll be able to do more.

  10. I have also watched Food Inc and am very concerned about our cultures production and consumption of food. Although I am not a vegetarian, I have started serving more meatless meals to my family and have cut down my processed food purchases. I know these are small steps,but as I learn more I’ll be able to do more.

  11. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Hi Carol,

    It’s great that you have taken these important steps to help improve the health of your family and the planet. EVERY bit helps!

  12. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Hi Carol,

    It’s great that you have taken these important steps to help improve the health of your family and the planet. EVERY bit helps!

  13. Avatar Kimberly Caron-Lohman
    Kimberly Caron-Lohman says:

    I’ve been leaning toward vegetarianism for some time now, only eating meat (chicken or fish) once or twice a month at most. But after reading your four facts (especially #4 – the fecal bacteria) I’m thinking I need to go all the way. Seriously. That is absolutely repulsive!

  14. Avatar Kimberly Caron-Lohman
    Kimberly Caron-Lohman says:

    I’ve been leaning toward vegetarianism for some time now, only eating meat (chicken or fish) once or twice a month at most. But after reading your four facts (especially #4 – the fecal bacteria) I’m thinking I need to go all the way. Seriously. That is absolutely repulsive!

  15. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Hi Kimberly,

    I know, #4 is quite repulsive! I hesitated about whether or not to include it because it is so gross, but it is what it is…

    I think it’s wonderful that you are eating so low on the food chain already. And, of course, I’m all for going vegetarian! 🙂

  16. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Hi Kimberly,

    I know, #4 is quite repulsive! I hesitated about whether or not to include it because it is so gross, but it is what it is…

    I think it’s wonderful that you are eating so low on the food chain already. And, of course, I’m all for going vegetarian! 🙂

  17. “Gristle” is a great name for a book on meat production, it is adequately repulsive.

  18. “Gristle” is a great name for a book on meat production, it is adequately repulsive.

  19. I’m always looking for ways to stay informed in the choices I make for my family. Looks like a great read, and thanks for the chance to win! #4 does sound terrible, but something we need to know about!

    All the best,

    John
    Toronto, ON

  20. I’m always looking for ways to stay informed in the choices I make for my family. Looks like a great read, and thanks for the chance to win! #4 does sound terrible, but something we need to know about!

    All the best,

    John
    Toronto, ON

  21. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Ian, I agree! 🙂

    John, yes, that unpleasant #4 is something that does need to be known…
    Your family is fortunate to have you keeping up with the latest information for their good health.

  22. Avatar christianna
    christianna says:

    Ian, I agree! 🙂

    John, yes, that unpleasant #4 is something that does need to be known…
    Your family is fortunate to have you keeping up with the latest information for their good health.

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