Imagine not having to eat animals anymore!

a world in which people No more slaughtering and eating animals – Unthinkable? No: In her book Once We Ate Animals, futuristic anthropologist Rowan Van Forest makes the prison of our imagination visible and liberates it in an entertaining and provocative way.

Most people only believe in what they can imagine and only do what they can imagine. We classify new knowledge in the context of old knowledge – or dismiss it as false or simply “unimaginable”. And that makes sense in principle, because otherwise we’d only be busy all day To question our view of the world.

However, this often limits our imagination – and ultimately our actions. For example, anyone trying to get their fellow humans interested in plant-based nutrition will often hear: “Yeah, that sounds good. Kinda rightBut I can do it myself I can’t imagine life without cheese and butter.Yes, many farmers cannot imagine how they could live without animal husbandry and dairy farming. And we remember: even a single vegan day in German canteens seems unimaginable.

Soon we ask ourselves: We ate animals once, but why?

Today we can no longer imagine burning witches. Or that women did not have the right to vote (in Switzerland: until 1971) or had to ask their husbands before they were allowed to work (in Germany: until 1977, that was less than 50 years ago!). All this also seems incomprehensible to us today. We should learn one thing from this: We can rethink – if we want to.

With many provocative examples, the futuristic Dutch anthropologist Rowan van Furst makes them bookOnce you eat animals – the future of our food The narrowness of our thoughts is visible. Because no, it is not normal for us to eat animals: knowledgeable And amusing The author shows how the cultural context determines whether and which animals we eat – and when we feel disgust with them. For example, in the Indian region of Nagaland, eating dogs has a long (and cruel) tradition, while the slaughter and sale of dogs is illegal in our country.

Eating animals is not a law of nature. It’s a decision we make over and over again. Van Furst uses archetypal images to show that there is a historical and industrial ideology behind the decision to eat animals. An ideology that is increasingly causing us problems.

Futurist anthropologist Rowan Van Forest inspires us to change perspective. (© Liam Ortiz Pixabay)

About the book “Once We Ate Animals”

Dr. Rowan Van Furst: Not eating animals is an active climate protection

The animal production It leaves behind huge amounts of feces and natural manure Toxic ground water. However, the probability Zoonoses, that is, infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa, such as COVID-19. It nourishes them in many ways climate crisisfor example directly through methane emissions from livestock, but above all indirectly through areas of land on which we have deforested to grow fodder for the animals we want to eat.

Dr. Van Furst, a lecturer in futuristic anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, does accuse in her book, These Things, It just shows what’s going on. It does not stop at listing the billions of atrocities committed by our animal industries every year. But it also shows us: none of this is inevitable. Because eating animals is not necessary. Therefore, eating a plant-based diet is one effective way that each of us can effectively protect the climate.

‘Once the Animals Eat’: Often Provocative, Always Entertaining

“Once the Animals Eat”, Posted April 11, 2022 by Goldmann Verlag (© Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe GmbH)

Van Forest Probably we to change perspective. For example by listing an alternative version of human history – factually correct, but with an emphasis on plant-based nutrition. And time and time again she gives us provocative insights about possible worldat The new natural vegan be. And that a vegan lifestyle may be one of the last options we have left to combat climate change.

But in all of this, Rawan also shows us genuinely the problems. Tales of their botanical defects There are additionally many indications that the botanical story is far from perfect. It shows, for example, that as animal products disappear, so will job descriptions and markets, that not everything vegan is automatically healthy and that “mixed” relationships are not always happy. Your presence Do not hide the study case – and how this is often explained one-sidedly – and that there are of course places in the world where people have other concerns than switching to seaweed sausage.

But Rowan Van Forest also points out that we’re hurting ourselves if we keep eating animals: The most effective way to avoid climate disastershe is vegan diet. And so, the phrase “as soon as we eat animals” becomes very thoughtful, very personal especially refreshing honest book According to the tradition of Jonathan Safran Foer, Alan Wiseman and Karen Dove, which can be recommended to vegetarians and meat eaters alike: After reading this, one would simply think that there might be a world in which most of us no longer desire to eat animals. All we have to do is break away from our traditional ideas and walk the path that long awaits us.

Info: Rowan Van Forest: Once we ate animals – the future of our food. Paperback, 336 pages, Goldmann Verlag, ISBN: 978-3-442-31663-2, €17.

About the book “Once We Ate Animals”

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