Last Updated on February 18, 2022 by ellen
At some point in our lives, we start to wonder about where our food comes from. As children, the answer might be that it comes from the grocery store. Taking that one step further, we realize that the grocery store gets it from a warehouse, who gets it from somewhere else. Sometimes, we make changes to our lives when we realize exactly where our food does come from. Some people, not only make changes to their lives, they try to change the system. That’s the case in Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi.
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Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi
Born out of a global expedition fearlessly undertaken by a young woman, Project Animal Farm offers a riveting and revealing look at what truly happens behind farm doors.
Sonia Faruqi, an Ivy League graduate and investment banker, had no idea that the night she arrived at the doorstep of a dairy farm would mark the beginning of a journey that would ultimately wind all the way around the world. Instead of turning away from the animal cruelty she came to witness, Sonia made the most courageous decision of her life: a commitment to change things.
Driven by impulsive will and searing passion, Sonia left behind everything she knew and loved to search the planet for solutions to benefit animals, human health, and the environment. Over the course of living with farmers, hitchhiking with strangers, and risking her life, she developed surprising insights and solutions―both about the food industry and herself.
Lively and heartfelt, Sonia takes readers on an unforgettable adventure from top-secret egg warehouses in Canada to dairy feedlots in the United States, from farm offices in Mexico to lush pastures in Belize, from flocks of village chickens in Indonesia to factory farms in Malaysia.
I live in the country. We have our ducks and chickens. I’ve helped bottle feed calves and shovel sh*t in the dairy barn when I was younger. I love animals and the ones we raise have always been pets. I understand where the food comes from in the grocery store, and I know that not all animals are treated well.
I switched to buying organic as often as possible years ago both for health reasons and because to me, organic means nicer. After reading Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi, I realize that’s not always the case. When I see the word “organic” on my milk carton, I picture pretty cows in a field of grass on some small farm in Vermont. I’m sure that’s probably what a lot of people think.
Really though, not all animals that are raised as organic are treated well. There is horrible abuse, disinterest and a lack of caring even on some organic farms – especially the large ones. That abuse extends from the farms to the “kill floors” and beyond. Instead of running away, Sonia Faruqi tried to change these conditions. As disturbing as her story is, I’m very glad I read it. Because it makes me want to make a difference even if it is buying more things from our local farms where I know the farmers and know the conditions aren’t like the ones in the book.
I hope that you’ll take the time to read Project Animal Farm by Sonia Faruqi and maybe make some changes yourself.
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