Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms
By Nicolette Hahn Niman
(William Morrow Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780061998454, 336pp.)
Publication Date: November 2010
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Asked to head up Robert F. Kennedy Jr.s environmental organization's "hog campaign," Nicolette Hahn Niman embarked upon a fascinating odyssey through the inner workings of the factory farm industry. What she discovered transformed her into an intrepid environmental lawyer determined to lock horns with the big business farming establishment. She even, unexpectedly, found love along the way.
A searing account of an industry gone awry and one womans passionate fight to remedy it, Righteous Porkchop chronicles Nimans investigation and her determination to organize a national reform movement to fight the shocking practices of industrial animal operations. She offers necessary alternatives, showing how livestock farming can be done in a better wayand she details both why and how to choose meat, poultry, dairy, eggs, and fish from traditionally farmed sources.
Nicolette Hahn Niman is an environmental advocate and cattle rancher. A former attorney, she is married to the founder of the famed Niman Ranch, a collective of traditional farms. She lives in northern California.
“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
“This necessary book—part memoir, part exposé—may briefly put you off your feed, but its reasoned case for healthy and humane farming practices has the sweet savor of truth.”
“The fact is, most of us are hypocrites when it comes to food.... Fortunately for people like us there’s Nicolette Hahn Niman, a generally sane and sympathetic character, pushing us gently but firmly in a direction we know we should already be heading.”
-San Francisco Chronicle
“A thoughtful and affecting memoir... Righteous Porkchop firmly establishes Hahn Niman as a major national voice for efforts to reform industrial animal production.”
-Marion Nestle, professor, New York University and author, Food Politics and What to Eat
“A portrait of animal farming, from the small-scale to the mega-scale, that’s as notable for its clarity as it is for its vision. Required reading for anyone who eats.”
-Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns
“When Nicolette Hahn Niman became a cattle rancher, she discovered that when animals are given a life worth living, they can be raised for food in an ethical and sustainable manner.”
-Temple Grandin, professor, Colorado State University and author of Animals in Translation
“Nicolette Hahn Niman is the smiling face of conscientious eating—righteous, but never self-righteous. With warmth and an engaging plainspokeness, she persuasively makes the case that activism bears results, that humane farmers are happier farmers, and that ‘compassionate carnivore’ is not an oxymoron.”
-David Kamp, author of The United States of Arugula
“Righteous Porkchop is a compelling call for overhauling the way we produce food from one the nation’s most credible advocates. It’s also a great read. I highly recommend it.”
-Matthew Scully, author of Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals and the Call to Mercy
“The story that Nicolette Hahn Niman tells in this book is full of heroes and villains (of the two footed kind). Food lovers can only hope that America takes her message to heart and votes at the check-out counter.”
-Peter Kaminsky, author of Pig Perfect: Encounters with Remarkable Swine