by Gene Baur
Consumers in the U.S. are disconnected from the source of our food, and give little thought to how our food choices impact our health and that of the planet. But, the negative consequences of our eating habits are now coming to light. The standard American diet, heavy in meat, milk and eggs contributes to obesity and heart disease, while factory farming destroys the environment and rural communities and subjects billions of farm animals to abject cruelty.
I've recently written a book, Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, that addresses the ills of industrialized animal farming, and what can be done to combat it. I have been on a book tour traveling to cities across the U.S., and it has been inspiring to see hundreds of concerned, caring citizens coming out to learn more about the problems of our current food system and how each of us can be empowered and make choices to be part of a solution.
San Francisco has a long history of challenging the status quo and I am very much looking forward to visiting Book Passage to discuss how we can change the world by paying more attention to what we put on our plates.