Investigating hog manure pollution was hardly the glamorous assignment Nicolette Hahn Niman pictured when going to work for Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. in New York. But her odyssey into the inner workings of the "factory farm" industry transformed her into an intrepid environmental lawyer who goes up against the big-business farming establishment. Niman uncovers shocking practices, including inhumane animal confinement and devastating water and air pollution. She organizes a national reform movement to fight these practices and shows that livestock farming can be done in a better way--not only for hogs, but also for poultry, fish, and dairy cows. She also tours the best of farms, where traditional farmers and ranchers treat their animals humanely and have joined with other farmers to successfully market the foods they produce. She profiles the innovative and cost-effective methods these operations have incorporated to make a profit by ethical, sustainable means.--From publisher description.
“Righteous Porkchop is a searing, and utterly convincing, indictment of modern meat production. The book also brims with hope and charts a practical (and even beautiful) path out of the jungle.”—Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food “[A] necessary book—part memoir, part exposé…its reasoned case for healthy and humane farming practices has the sweet savor of truth.”—O The Oprah Magazine A crusading environmental activist, vegetarian, and lawyer who has worked with Robert Kennedy, Jr. on environment issues, Nicolette Hahn Niman blows the lid off the shocking practices in the pork, meat, and poultry industries in Righteous Porkchop, a Fast Food Nation for the hog trade. Subtitled, “Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond the Factory Farm,” Righteous Porkchop is at once an eye-opening grand tour of Hahn Niman’s battles with the industrial farming conglomerates, a guide to avoiding unhealthy meats, and a very personal story of one woman’s reawakening.