Factory farming depends on our ignorance but the world needs to move away from eating meat, US author Jonathan Safran Foer tells Tom Levitt.
Tom Levitt: Do humans have genuine need for meat?
Jonathan Safran Foer: Humans have a desire for meat no doubt about it. They also have a desire for sex but it doesn’t mean that we don’t contain our cravings. Humans are great at containing cravings; we do it all the time whether it’s not stealing something from a store even if we’d prefer it for free, not punching someone who pisses us off even if our animal instinct want to do that. This ability to say no is precisely what distinguishes us from the other animals and is the culmination of our evolution. The fact that the people have been doing it for a long time, that we crave it or that our bodies seem to have evolved to eat it, doesn’t mean all that much to me. What excites me is the ability to think it through, come to terms with the consequences and to make a choice. Sometimes choosing not to do something that feels good can be a fuller expression of our humanity.