Peter Singer Ethics

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In the book, The Ethics of What We Eat by Peter Singer and Jim Mason, many things are covered about the “ethical choices that surround food” (pg. 4). They follow and study three American families, whose diets, lifestyle, and beliefs are all different. While with these families, they are gathering data about the foods they eat and where they come from. In the second half of the book, they follow the Motavalli-Masarech family. Jim and Mary Ann, with their 2 daughters, are considered “conscientious omnivores” (pg. 91). A conscientious omnivore “describes someone who eats meat or fish, but only when it satisfies certain ethical standards” (pg. 91). Mason and Singer conduct research on the items that Mary Ann buys from their local Trader Joes, and …show more content…
85). The label on the carton claims that the eggs come from “cage-free hens… raised without medications and antibiotics, and fed a diet of organic food grown without pesticides” (pg. 85). They followed this trail back to the original farm, Pete and Gerry’s. Mason and Singer were welcomed there and could photograph and see whatever they wanted, as well as ask any question they had. When they entered the shed that held the farms, they were shocked at what they were seeing, “…a sea of brown hens…the shed floor was visible only down the center of the shed…” (pg. 102) where the food and water were located. But it was also discovered that even if there were 20,000 hens in the shed, they had more than twice the space recommended by the United Egg Producers and more than “three times the space some U.S egg producers allow their caged hens” (pg. 102). There is a difference when it comes to producing organic eggs. At Pete and Gerry’s farm, the hens are also allowed nesting boxes to lay their eggs in. The only disappointing thing that they discovered, was the outside freedom that the hens were allowed. During good weather, the hens can travel outside, but it isn’t a usual thing. The biggest worry is about spreading the avian flu, which can lead to a whole house of hens to be terminated. But like the organic pig farms, the organic chicken farms aren’t perfect either, yet they are still able to keep up with the major

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