Today on the Huffington Post, actress/activist Natalie Portman has an impassioned defense of Jonathan Safran Foer's vegetarian manifesto Eating Animals. She writes that "being polite to your tablemates" shouldn't trump morality.
Portman reiterates a lot of the points Foer made in his New York Times Magazine essay a couple weeks ago, namely, that "food is symbolic of what we believe in" and that when we teach children how to eat, we are teaching them values as well. She argues persuasively that factory farming leads to not just animal but also human suffering — the phrase "copious amounts of pig shit sprayed into the air" may be all that's necessary to put some people off of mass-produced pork. None of this is new, but all of it is thought-provoking, whether you eat meat or not. Where Portman starts to bother me, though, is here: