WWW Wednesdays #20 – December 3rd

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Originally featured at Should Be Reading… WWW WEDNESDAYS is all about answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?

eatinganimalstwelveyearsaslaveI’m reading two non fiction novels at the moment with the first being Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer, a non fiction novel slash memoir about what is really going on in the meat industry. It’s an interesting read so far with some very shocking details about how the animals really live and are slaughtered; not just a book about vegetarianism I suspected before starting it. The second book I’ve started the other day is Twelve Years A Slave by Solomon Northup, a story about a free man who was forced into slavery during twelve years. Heavy material but definitely intriguing!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

halloweenkentuckystyleI6539 actually finished both The Body Farm by Patricia Cornwell and Halloween Kentucky Style by Charles Suddeth last Saturday, but the reviews are still pending. Both books weren’t that great, although I liked The Body Farm betten than my second read. More details will come soon as I write my reviews…

 

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

kiera'smoonI will probably stick with a ‘light’ read after two non fiction novels, and try to fill one of the final squares for the Bookish Bingo challenge… So I guess something on that TBR list, although I’m not sure yet which title. Maybe Kiera’s Moon by Lizzy Ford?

10 thoughts on “WWW Wednesdays #20 – December 3rd

  1. I’ve never had any qualms about eating meat – my Dad is a farmer, and so I’ve seen pretty much all the animals I’ve went on to eat, and they’ve been well looked after and had a good life. It’s when the whole thing becomes a “factory”, with the bottom line being all that matters, that I’m uneasy. People who run these huge factory farms aren’t farmers; they’re businessmen. (My real pet peeve is eggs – if they’re not free range, I won’t eat them – I think it’s because my son’s hobby when he was aged 11 to about 15 was breeding rare poultry!)

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    • That’s exactly what this book is about and what makes it such an interesting read. It shows the (horrible) difference between factory and family farms and it makes you realize that it is worth it to look for family farm meat and eggs… I’m not a vegetarian and I will never be since I enjoy eating meat, but I do like to know where it comes from. And I agree with the eggs; having the advantage of living in a small town with farms closeby, I always buy my eggs there. They even taste better!

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      • They do! And the yolks are way more orange, you’ve probably noticed. My parents’ farm is on an island (Mull) and my sister does a roaring trade in pork, all cuts, plus sausages, all over the island, and to the hotels too…people really appreciate knowing who and where their meat is coming from.

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      • Yes they do! They are tasty and the chickens are not suffering as they do in those factory farms; and the best part is that they are the same price as the factory eggs. No excuse not to buy the free range eggs. 😉

        It’s amazing to have a farm in the family, especially since family farms are becoming scarce, and I love the initiative! There are always people out there who don’t mind to pay a few more bucks to buy both tasty and healthy meat…

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      • It is quite literally a “family farm”, as my Dad works on it (he’sk 73!), as does my sister, plus my 21-year-old son helps out at weekends and when he’s finished for the day at the fish farm where he works. Plus my mum has her hens, and is in charge of all the admin/basic book-keeping, before it goes to the accountant – and there’s a lot of admin, because, as a result of foot-and-mouth etc, you have to record all movement of stock – so each cow essentially has a “passport”, with it’s ear’s tag no., when it was born, who’s owned it before…it sounds insane, I know, but has to be done!

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      • It’s so great that there are still farms like the one your family runs out there; it is what makes the difference. It’s a lot of work for sure, but it cannot compare to the life quality and meat quality of the animals of factory farms! I know there is an ever increasing want for (cheap) meat and other animal products, but I don’t think factory farming is the ultimate answer… Especially when you read about all the antibiotics they feed the animals and the potential health risks that they can cause.

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      • I know – when I eat chicken (which is rarely!) I always think about all the garbage they inject them with so they grow faster – it really can’t be good for you! I keep seeing the book Farmageddon everywhere, I really must put it on my Wish List (I noticed last night I had 515 items on it – that’s ridiculous! I couldn’t afford them all anyway, even if I had the space…which I don’t, because of, that’s right, all the books I already have – still, I can dream…!)

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      • I know! I’ve heard cases of little girls having hormonal problems because they ate too many contaminated chicken; a horrible thought. I’ve been reading the blurb of Farmageddon at goodreads and it sounds like another powerful read!

        And I know the feeling; I have about 400 titles on my TBR list, a number that increases every day… It will be impossible to buy and read them all, but you’re right, we can still dream. 😉

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