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Christien Meindertsma: PIG 05049 Paperback – 2011

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  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: FLOCKS; 4th edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9081241311
  • ISBN-13: 978-9081241311
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christien Meindertsma has spent three years researching all the products made from a single pig. Amongst some of the more unexpected results were: Ammunition, medicine, photo paper, heart valves, brakes, chewing gum, porcelain, cosmetics, cigarettes, conditioner and even bio diesel. Book comes with a real pig tag in the spine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GG on 9 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
I saw Christien's video on TED telling everyone about this book and bought it straight away.
Really interesting to know what parts of the pig goes into which products! I wish there was a book like this for every farm animal!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
a highly interesting book 24 Sep 2010
By Beckmueller - Published on Amazon.com
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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.

- My book (3rd imprint, October 2009) is not covered in pig skin (just cardboard and paper), nor is it numbered. I wonder to what extent the cheap appearance justifies the price.

- While this would, admittedly, not be very ingenious, similar works on cattle and chicken (for example) would be very interesting to me, too. They should just go substantially deeper on the research side (see above).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant and Elegant 23 Mar 2010
By A. R. Schwid - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
highly interesting & unusual book 17 Sep 2010
By Dr. Dirk Husemann - Published on Amazon.com
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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 :-)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Book 9 Jan 2013
By Jonathan Schultz - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
increible 17 Feb 2013
By A. Guzman Torres - Published on Amazon.com
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nunca imagine que un puerco produjera tal cantidad de productos para el uso y consumo del humano, una recopilación bastante profunda e interesante.
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