Monday, February 27, 2012

"I see the world from both sides now..."

I hope you all have hurried to your libraries or Barnes and Noble to snatch up your copy of this year's Linn Area Reads selection! I always enjoy books that are thought provoking, but I also enjoy books that force me to look at both sides of an issue. Righteous Porkchop happens to be one of those books.

One of the most compelling issues of the book is how to mass produce meat by sustainable means. As Nicolette points out in her book, there are many issues that arise with the current practices of the mass production of meat. Pollution, both by air and water, illnesses among the animals, and cruelty to animals are serious issues that have to be addressed.

However, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world's population currently stands at roughly 6.997 billion people. That's a lot of mouths to feed! The United States exports billions of dollars of food annually, and according to the Iowa Pork Producers website, the United States exported 2.255 million metric tons of pork in 2011. So the question becomes, how do you keep up the production of food to feed close to 7 billion people? Let alone, how do you do it in an environmentally and socially responsible way? Is there even a way to mass produce meat in a way that makes it healthy and affordable for all?

I understand that there are two sides to every issue, and that sometimes the answers are not always there. I'm curious to know as you all continue to read this book, what you might see as answers to the questions I have posted above.

Happy reading!

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