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GRISTLE: Moby's New Meat Manifesto For The Rest Of Us

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Richard Melville Hall, whose great-great-great-granduncle happened to be the infamous author of Moby Dick, has used the moniker “Moby” for the better part of his life. Sure you know him. Remember all of those multi-platinum hits he had throughout the nineties? No? Well you should — his prolific music career has served as the backdrop for oodles of commercials, movies and TV shows, plus he’s also been an acclaimed producer and collaborator with, among others, Public Enemy, David Bowie, New Order, Bono, Lou Reed and even Slash.

Perhaps you’re more familiar with his MobyGratis.com website, which offers independent/non-profit filmmakers (or anyone else for that matter) access to free music? Or his diverse charity efforts with The Humane Society, Amend and MoveOn? If you’re a New Yorker, you’re probably aware that he’s the proprietor of Teany, which serves 98 varieties of loose leaf tea along with a strictly vegan menu. Clearly, the guy gets around.

Exercising the literary chops passed onto him through his bloodline, Moby recently edited a collection of meat-related essays entitled simply enough “Gristle” which will be available in bookstores this spring. The text – subtitled From Factory Farms to Food Safety (Thinking Twice About The Meat We Eat) – seems to echo the sentiments iterated by the documentary Food, Inc. and fellow factory farming critics Michael Pollan and Jonathan Safran Foer.

Penned by 15 experts in multiple agri-food businesses as well as in farming, environmental sustainability, animal welfare and science fields, Gristle sheds light on how America’s highly industrialized food system might not be all that good for us after all through a combination of difficult-to-dispute facts, illustrations and charts. Written for vegans, meat-eaters and everyone in between, the paperback concisely explains “how and why industrial animal agriculture unnecessarily harms workers, communities, the environment, our health, our wallets, and animals.”

In the meantime, Ecorazzi readers who live in the Seattle area might be interested to learn that Moby will be speaking at an upcoming March 26th event entitled, the “Future of Health: Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat.” The 15 year vegan will share his perspective on “how and why the over-consumption of industrially produced meat unnecessarily harms agricultural workers, communities, the environment, and human health–as well as animals.”

via Vegetarian Star


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