Foer’s Letter to Tyson
In regards to Jonathan Foer's book, Eating Animals, Paul
Hansen, one of our sustaining members, wrote: Since I haven't finished
reading Foer's book yet, I will not attempt to review it here. However,
I would like to share one excerpt that amused me—one that also reveals
the intensely personal nature of Foer's work. What amused me was the
following letter that Foer sent to Tyson Foods and other factory farms:
To Whom It May Concern at Tyson Foods:
I am following up on my previous letters of January 10, February
27, March 15, April 20, May 15, and June 7. To reiterate, I am a new
father, eager to learn as much as I can about the meat industry, in an
effort to make informed decisions about what to feed my son. Given that
Tyson Foods is the world's largest processor and marketer of chicken,
beef, and pork, your company is an obvious place to start. I would like
to visit some of your farms and speak with company representatives about
everything from the nuts and bolts of how your farms operate, to animal
welfare and environmental issues. If possible, I would also like to
speak with some of your farmers. I can make myself available at just
about any time, and on relatively short notice, and am happy to travel
as is needed.
Given your "family-centered philosophy" and recent "It's What Your
Family Deserves" advertising campaign, I assume you'll appreciate my
desire to see for myself where my son's food comes from.
Thanks so much for your continued consideration.
Jonathan Safran Foer
To those of us who have already begun to evaluate our food choices
and know what goes on inside factory farms, the foregoing letter will
seem amusing. Considering their rampant abuse of animals and their need
to keep gates locked for secrecy, the prospect of a company like Tyson
actually responding to such a query is laughable. But Foer was serious,
and so is his book, which reads like a novel.
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