“The Secret Life of Groceries” by Benjamin Lorr (ep. 007)

I thought this book was going to be about things I already knew about groceries—how they’re arranged, how terrible the animal rights violations are, etc. But it was so much more than that. Well-researched, clearly from lived experiences, and excellent writing bring this otherwise everyday topic to life.

Lorr follows the whole distribution chain, including the trucking industry and aquaculture and human slavery—as fair a word as possible—to describe what’s happening in some parts of the food chain. But, there’s also a lot of honesty in the parts that work well. It’s a balanced approach at something we should all think about.

However, I don’t really know what to do with the information from this book. Like so many things, it seems like the answer is: “nothing much, really. Unless you stop eating.”


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