Unlike the author Jonathan Safran Foer, I have been am omnivore for my entire life. There was a period in time that I was not eating beef or pork, but still chowing down on poultry and fish. I've considered becoming a vegetarian mulitple times, but have yet to commit. After reading Ominvores Dilemna, In Defense of Food, The Feast Nearby, Animals, Vegetables, and Miracles, I began wanting to focus on eating more local, I joined a CSA and have been paying more attention to the produce I do by in grocery stores to ensure that the are at least from the United States and ideally the greater upstate NY region. After reading Eating Animals, I have decided to make the commitment to becoming a vegetarian.
Thankfully, I love nuts, whole grains, and beans so I know I can consume the appropriate amount of protein. There are plenty of amazing vegetarian and vegan runners and athletes to set an excellent example.
I highly recommend this book. Not because I think we should all be vegetarians (food choices are more personal to people than religion or politics) but because it is important to know where your food is really coming from. The book can be a bit graphic but it's reality. For me, I cannot justify consuming animals that are raised in such unsustainable and inhumane fashion.
It'll be a bit of a challenging making the change, but it's worth the efforts. I know Danielle and Jess are vegetarians, are there others that I'm missing?
All those omnivores that have excellent vegetarian friendly meals (ie no meat, poultry, or fish -- eggs and milk okay) send them my way, I have a lot of learning to do!