In Sustainable Food: How to Buy Right and Spend Less, I write about meat eating and its environmental implications, a complicated and deeply personal issue that can become a heated controversy. Whether you are vegetarian or not, most people can agree that farm animals deserve humane living conditions as well as respect for their gift of food. Encouraging others to eat less meat and purchase a better quality product from a small farm goes a long way toward more ethical treatment of animals and less degradation of the surrounding landscape. Protesting factory farms, with their pollution, tortuous treatment of animals, food safety scares and poor environmental track record is a necessary action for committed environmentalists.
On vacation in the Woodstock, New York area, I recently visited the Farm Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that shelters, rehabilitates, and cares for so-called “farm animals,” putting a face on our food, and boldly illustrating the differe