Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mark Bittman explains how America's relationship with food has gone wrong, and how we can set it right.

Every American should watch this short, entertaining talk.*

My favorite point:
I'm not a vegetarian. Now, don't get me wrong -- I like animals. And I don't think it's just fine to industrialize their production and to churn them out like they were wrenches. But there's no way to treat animals well when you're killing 10 billion of them a year. Kindness might just be a bit of a red herring. Let's get the numbers of animals we're killing for eating down, and then we'll worry about being nice to the ones that are left.

* A couple related links:

1. Bittman writes an excellent recipe blog for the New York Times called Bitten. He's also written a lot of vegetarian and non-vegetarian cookbooks; I use How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

2. The video is from TED, home of intellectually stimulating 20-minute talks.