Jonathan Safran Foer´s ¨Eating Animals is Making us Sick¨ is an article written to explain the way animals are being raised, and how thesemethods are affecting people’s health and causing severe consequences to the enviroment. The author´s main purpose is to build a strong conciousness when people decide whether or not to eat animalproducts. Foer utilizes emotional, moral, and factual statements to back up his arguments.
Although the author targets a wide audience, he mainly tries to capture the emotional attention ofparents and those interested in good eating habits. At the beginning of his article, the author says:
¨Like most people, I'd given some thought to what meat actually is, but until I became a father andfaced the prospect of having to make food choices on someone else's behalf, the was no urgency to get to the bottom of things.” (1).
Sanfran mainly uses statistics to prove his argumentsconcerning the issue of health. For example, he cites a report from the Center for Disease Control that says that there are 76 million cases of food-born illness in America. The author jokingly drives inhis strong point home by saying ´that many people do not really catch a bug, but so much eat a bug...and the bug was created by factory farming` (3). And if that isn´t enough to scare meat eatersinto going vegetarian, the author gives varias alarming statistics about how animals are injected with so many antibiotics aimed to induce good health that the animal´s immune systems are developingresistant viruses that create higher resistance to bacterias and eventually lead to new sicknesses. He supports his claims giving resources provided by different associations such as the American MedicalAssociation; the Centers for Disease Control, and the Institute of Medicine. This important social argument is effectively made with the example of H1N1 (4). What an effective way to make us realize...