CNN Essay by Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer just contributed an article to CNN in which he runs through several main points from Eating Animals. He also talks about how he became interested in writing the book. I adore this paragraph:

I’m a novelist and never had it in mind to write nonfiction. Frankly, I doubt I’ll ever do it again. But the subject of animal agriculture, at this moment, is something no one should ignore. As a writer, putting words on the page is how I pay attention.

The article has some great stuff on antibiotic use in factory farms:

There is a glaring reason that the necessary total ban on nontherapeutic use of antibiotics hasn’t happened: The factory farm industry, allied with the pharmaceutical industry, has more power than public-health professionals.

What is the source of the industry’s immense power? We give it to them. We have chosen, unwittingly, to fund this industry on a massive scale by eating factory-farmed animal products. And we do so daily.

It’s looking like momentum for Eating Animals is growing; let’s each do what we can to make this a sleeper title. (Via Sullivan.) Link.