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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Flocks; Second edition (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9081241311
  • ISBN-13: 978-9081241311
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beckmueller on September 24, 2010
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... and an art project both useful (i.e. objectively informative) and inspriring.
Some aspects:

- apart from a short foreword and author's "explanation" at the end, the book contains 185 double pages. On each right page, you will find a picture of the end product made from pig #05049. The corresponding page on the left carries a very short written description of the final pig product and its use for human consumption or other consumptive/industrial uses. Some pictures extend over both right and left pages. Each right page shows the accumulated weight of the pig's parts shown so far in grams, eventually adding up to the 103,700 grams which pig #05049 weighed at the time of its slaughter. The book also contains an index for quick reference, plus a genealogical map of the product categories, and a map showing the products' places of origin in the pig's body. IMHO, the written explanations should have digged a lot deeper, carrying more information about the respective products and involved industries. The book is less of a "read" than rather of a "look".

- the author takes a highly commendable neutral, factual stance, herself advocating neither vegetarianism nor the meat industry. It's ultimately sober, leaving it to the consumers of this piece of art to make up their own hearts and minds about the subject. No lecturing, no preaching, no patronizing, no advertizing. The impression left by the book and its subject matter is 100% up to the reader and his/her individual value preferences. In that sense, the book depicts reality in a way which reflects the individual beholder, like a true piece of art. I got both hungry and quite grateful towards pig 05049 (and its millions of sisters) for contributing so much to my life in comfort.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Schwid on March 23, 2010
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This book proves that a picture is worth a thousand words. You can read every book about the modern food industry, but it is this photo essay that most brilliantly and elegantly captures the entire "food" chain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Dirk Husemann on September 17, 2010
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PIG 05049 was a fun book to browse through --- it's not really a book for cover-to-cover reading. it's fascinating to see where poor pig 05049 ended up and at times quite astonishing and unexpected (keyword: bread).

a real pig-out :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Schultz on January 8, 2013
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Got it for my girlfriend and she loves it! It is very very interesting the things you will read in the book.
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