On the day this article is published, it will be exactly one month until the day of the 2017 North American Solar Eclipse; an event that is expected to cause tens of millions of people to stop what they are doing and turn their eyes (properly protected, it is hoped) skyward to witness one of […]
Ever since I read her brilliant book “Stiff; the Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” (on a trans-U.S. airplane flight, no less – talk about making one’s fellow seat mates uncomfortable!) I have delighted in her ability to take a range of topics that most people would think to be somewhere between uncomfortable (“Gulp”) and unmentionable (“Bonk”), and turn them into lively, eye-opening books.
As more and more of the American population moves from the countryside into the cites and suburbs, the expansion of those cities and suburbs into what was once the countryside frequently brings humans into contact with the wildlife that is trying to adapt to the new conditions brought about by the proximity of large numbers of people.
Mr. Estabrook focuses this inquiry into pigs on their place in our modern world with particular emphasis on how they are now raised and processed into food, and contrasts that with ways that might be better for both the pigs as well as those who eat them.