Students know that it’s best to avoid the meat, poultry, milk, and eggs produced by the often-shocking practices of big agribusiness—but do they know how to do this? Do they know how to reclaim the pleasures of delicious, healthful, honest food? In Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms they learn how to do all this and more.
One of the most appealing things about Righteous Porkchop is the gentle, nonthreatening tone that Nicolette Hahn Niman uses throughout her book: she is never preachy, shrill, or pedantic (relax—you and your students do not have to become vegetarians or vegans—it’s a delicious twist that Nicolette is married to Bill Niman, the founder of the Niman Ranch, a collective of traditional farms and ranches in Northern California that raise and treat animals kindly). Niman simply advocates that we care about our food sources so that we all make wise food and eating choices, such as what to look for on labels, why to skip animal products from outside the United States, and what questions to ask when eating out.
Praise for Righteous Porkchop:
“This book is without a doubt the best piece of writing on animal agriculture I have encountered in 25 years of work in animal welfare and agriculture . . . [I]t is a totally captivating read.”—Dr. Bernard E. Rollin, Colorado State University, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biomedical Sciences, and Animal Sciences
“[B]rims with hope and charts a practical (and even beautiful) path out of the jungle.”—Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food