“For corporations like Smithfield, it is a cost-benefit analysis: paying fines for polluting is cheaper than giving up the entire factory farm system, which is what it would take to finally end the devastation.”
– p. 178 of Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer –
I think I’ve used Eating Animals in a previous Teaser Tuesday but I put it down for awhile and now I’m finishing it. And there are so many good teasers in this book.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!
Just do the following:
- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Ah yes, the fining problem. Reminds me of buying up the allowed amount of emission from other countries.
Here´s my teaser: http://ifyoucanreadthis.wordpress.com/2010/02/22/review-mud-muck-and-dead-things/
I think the idea of pollution offsets is interesting from an economic persepective, but my environmental self just wants to make everyone stop polluting all together. Not sure it works if people can afford to cheat.
Very probably the cannot. But I know all these things we should do aren´t all possible for everyone and I mostly try to do things in moderation (like taking the train, but once a year I want to fly to London).
I haven’t heard of this book, but it does sound interesting. Great teaser! Here is mine: http://twe.ly/5Ac
Interesting teaser! Yes, it is sometimes easy for corporations to pay the fines rather than change the system. Don’t know whether fines are a real deterrent anymore, when the alternative is to change the business model or go out of business.
never read Foer’s work. very interesting passage
Seems quite a thought-provoking read. I firmly believe that environmental issues should be taken personally and each of us should start doing his/her bit. We cannot expect a global solution without getting involved persobally. Every little bit helps. All the best. Ciao. A.
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