GRISTLE: Thinking Twice about the Meat We Eat (and a Giveaway!) - Eat Drink Better

GRISTLE: Thinking Twice about the Meat We Eat (and a Giveaway!)

[social_buttons] Meat, especially the factory farmed variety, is just no good for people or for the environment. There’s really no getting around it. A new book, GRISTLE, looks to “connect the dots” between factory farming and its effects on human health and on the planet.

We are lucky enough to have five copies of the book to give away! Read on for more about GRISTLE and to find out how to win a copy of your own!

About the Book

GRISTLE is a collaboration between pop superstar and political activist, Moby, and Executive Director of the Global Animal Partnership, Miyun Park.

The book tackles more than just the animal rights and environmental aspects of meat. It also looks at factory farming’s impacts on agricultural workers and communities. It features essays from 15 contributors who run the gamut of dietary preferences from vegan to omnivore including:

  • Christine Chavez and Julie Chavez Rodríguez, the granddaughters of Cesar Chavez, describe the conditions of factory farm workers.
  • John Mackey, the CEO and founder of Whole Foods, discusses how our current agricultural systems degrade our environment, our health, and the lives of both animals and people.
  • Frances Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet, and her daughter Anna Lappé eloquently analyze world hunger.
  • Brendan Brazier, Ironman triathlete and vegan, talks about the powerful impact his diet and consciousness about food have had on his health and athletic success.  

In the book’s epilogue, Miyun Park writes:

This book isn’t about veganism and it isn’t about bringing down the animal agriculture industry.  It’s about social justice and ethics and, not to sound too melodramatic, the truth. Somehow, industrial animal agribusiness has largely managed to get away with oppressing workers, making us and our children unhealthy, slowly but surely destroying rural communities, contributing to global warming and global hunger, cultivating the emergence of deadly zoonotic diseases, and polluting the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the land on which we all live—all while getting subsidized by taxpayers.

If you’re looking to purchase a copy of the book, the publishers have shared a promo code that Eat.Drink.Better. readers can use to get $2.99 off of the cover price! Just enter the code 58191GR when you purchase the book from The New Press to get your discount!

How to Win

Since we’re picking five winners, we thought it would be fun to give you up to five ways to enter! For each entry, you get your “name in the hat,” so you can do any or all of them for up to five entries:

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us why you’d like a copy.
  2. Sign up for our email list, and let us know in the comments.
  3. Subscribe to our RSS feed, and let us know in the comments.
  4. Become a fan on Facebook, and let us know in the comments.
  5. Follow us on Twitter, and let us know in the comments.

If you’re already done one of the things listed above, you can just tell us that, so you can still get those extra votes. Make sure that you include a valid email address in the mail field for your comments, so that we’ll be able to contact you if you win! We’ll announce the winners on April 16th!

Edit: We’ve closed comments on this post, because we’ve picked our winners! Want to see who won? Check out the giveaway winners announcement.

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About the Author

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .
  • Heather

    I’ve been a fan on FB for awhile now. I love reading your blog and have been looking for a new book to continue learning about how I can improve my eating habits to benefit myself and those around me!

  • Steve

    It seems like the more I learn about the foods we eat the less I want to know…and yet I need to know. So I would like a copy of the book… also people say I look like Moby… so I could use the book to hit those people.

  • Brian

    I have to disagree with the phrasing of your first sentence. If you remove the appositive, it says that “meat… is just no good for people or for the environment.”

    I certainly agree that factory-farmed meat is bad, but not all meat is inherently bad.

    Aside from that nit-pick, it does sound like an interesting book. Hopefully the essays within it can provide a variety of insights into the problem, and even more hopefully, it won’t just be preaching to the choir.

  • Very interesting. I’m an omnivore and could probably stand to make more informed choices regarding meat consumption – organic and locally produced if possible. I’m not ready to give meat up entirely, but I’m certainly open to getting more information about the consequences of factory-farming.

  • Ralph

    Love your site! I’ve always had some concerns about how farming has changed over the last few decades, so I’d be interested in giving this book a read should I be one of the lucky winners. Keep up the excellent work!

  • I have a sick fascination with reading material that makes me nervous about eating meat. I could barely put Fast Food Nation down! Plus I need help convincing my carnivorous boyfriend.

  • Followed you on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

  • Became a Facebook fan!

  • Justin

    Following on Twitter! First time on the site!

    I’m with Beth. Fast Food Nation made me feel horrified but I tore through it like it was a juicy novel and I feel I could expect the same level of intrigue from this work.

  • Justin

    Oh you should check out http://growbot.wordpress.com/ for some interesting news on the future and potential of the use of robotics in farming. I went to one of their presentations and they are into some far out stuff, man.

  • Just reading the name Frances Moore Lappé makes me very, very happy. I worked in a public library in high school and saw her book one day while I was emptying the book drop. It was an old ratty paperback, the kind that would go for maybe a nickel at a yard sale. I flipped through it and checked it out. I kept renewing it (one of the perks of being a library worker, I s’pose) and re-reading it over the summer after I first went vegan. Ah, good memories. Thanks for the post on this, though. I love Moby and still hope to visit Teany one day. I did get to hear him last year at Radio City Music Hall, which was certainly a delight, speaking of fond memories. I didn’t realize this book even existed.

    Now for the contest: I did four out of five (I was already a Facebook Fan, so I suspect I’m disqualified from that). Thanks for this generous offering! :)

  • Thanks for the giveaway! I’m a fan on Facebook and following you on Twitter for a week or so now.

  • Ernesto Lopez

    I am a vegetarianism evangelist, and this book may come very useful for developing my messages and speeches. Thanks for this giveaway!

  • The truth is exactly what we need! I love the premise of this book and the concept that it isn’t us versus them, it’s simply fact. I would LOVE to be a winner so I can share its information with readers.

  • I have been a twitter follower, a facebookfan, and a subscriber for quite sometime! I LOVE reading your blog and learning different tips about living a healthier life. I have been a vegetarian for going on 8 years now and am also raising my 2 daughters vegetarian as well. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book because I think it may be that last little tool I need to help my husband completely make the switch to being a vegetarian. He is probably 80% veg and 20% omnivore, but I think due to his job (chef) he feels like he has to continue eating meat to continue being good at what he does. WHATEVER!! He can totally be a great chef while being a vegetarian. :) I love Moby and love reading books about the lifestyle I feel so strongly about!

  • Ashley

    I’m already on the email list & a Facebook fan, just added Twitter & RSS feed to the mix. I’m a relatively new vegetarian, thanks in large part to what I’ve learned about factory farming over the past year or so. I’m devastated by the quality of our food (or rather lack thereof) in this country & am taking steps daily to educate myself, my family, my friends, & my loved ones about the benefits of a plant-based diet & the perils of the Standard American Diet (SAD). Would love to add this book to my arsenal! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  • #2, #3, and #4 are done! whew!

    #1. I have a holistic health counseling practice and I focus on helping people go vegan for all the right reasons. I frequently give out books and other literature to inspire and motivate my clients and reaffirm their original choice for wanting to go veg. I would love to pass this book along to someone who could benefit greatly from its message!

  • Jennifer

    I’d love to have this book because I’ve been devouring books about our food system lately!

  • Justin

    Fan’d you on Facebook and I am about to sign up for your RSS feed as well!

  • Amber

    I became a fan on Facebook!

  • Amber

    And on Twitter!

    (Thanks for the opp to win!)

  • Marika

    Hello, love EatDrinkBetter! I have been signed up for the email newsletter for a long time (#2), and became a fan on Facebook when you started that (#4).

    Would love this book, as I am in the process of becoming vegetarian. Looks like a great book. AND, I am a huge fan of Moby! :D

    So, thank you for this great opportunity and all the great stuff you put on EatDrinkBetter! :D

    (#1)

  • Marika

    i also buzz a lot of your articles :D

  • Maggie

    Having seen some of the so called farms out west where cows are raised for our consumption was a very eye opening experience. The overcrowded, filthy conditions are extremely sickening. I also am more and more interested in making sure the meat i do is free from hormones and antibiotics.

  • Chris M.

    I’ve been vegan for 6 or 8 months now, and I read up on this sort of stuff so that I always have answers ready for my friends! Plus it’s important to know the effects of the food chain at any point on our world. Anything that affects our world does us as well. I have a signed copy of Moby’s TeaNY book that he gave me when he visited Teaspace in Atlanta and I’d love to read another book touched by him.

  • From the core of my soul I would love to see factory farming and animal torture in the name of food come to an end. However, we need the public to see the bigger picture of how this practice is harming everyone, not just the animals.

    I want to get involved in this cause beyond eating a vegan diet, but feel so overwhelmed on where to start. Maybe Gristle can shed some light.

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