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Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future Of Life on Earth Second Edition [Paperback]

John Robbins
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Oct. 1 1998
From John Robbins, a new edition of the classic that awakened the conscience of a nation. Since the 1987 publication of Diet for a New America, beef consumption in the United States has fallen a remarkable 19%. While many forces are contributing to this dramatic shift in our habits, Diet for a New America is considered to be one of the most important. Diet for a New America is a startling examination of the food we currently buy and eat in the United States, and the astounding moral, economic, and emotional price we pay for it.

In Section I, John Robbins takes an extraordinary look at our dependence on animals for food and the inhumane conditions under which these animals are raised. It becomes clear that the price we pay for our eating habits is measured in the suffering of animals, a suffering so extreme and needless that it disrupts our very place in the web of life.

Section II challenges the belief that consuming meat is a requirement for health by pointing our the vastly increased rate of disease caused by pesticides, hormones, additives, and other chemicals now a routine part of our food production. The author shows us that the high health risk is unnecessary, and that the production, preparation, and consumption of food can once again be a healthy process.

In Section III, Robbins looks at the global implications of a meat-based diet and concludes that the consumption of the resources necessary to produce meat is a major factor in our ecological crisis.

Diet for a New America is the single most eloquent argument for a vegetarian lifestyle ever published. Eloquently, evocatively, and entertainingly written, it is a cant put down book guaranteed to amaze, infuriate, but ultimately educate and empower the reader. A pivotal book nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction in 1987.:

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This well-documented expose of America's "factory farms" should prompt even die-hard meat-and-potatoes lovers to reevaluate their diets. Asserting that "we are ingesting nightmares for breakfast, lunch and dinner," Robbins, who is medical director of the California Institute for Health and Healing, details how livestock is raised under increasingly industrialized conditions by "agribusiness oligopolies." Grazing and foraging have given way to debeaking, tail-docking, dehorning and castration, and treatment with pesticides, hormones, growth and appetite stimulants, tranquilizers and antibioticswhich, in turn, are assimilated by humans. The author correlates our "protein obsessed" society with a higher incidence of arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, cancer and other degenerative diseases, as well as freakish occurrences like premature puberty from estrogen contamination. As Robbins debunks nutritional myths perpetuated by the powerful meat and dairy industries (indicting as well his family's Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire), this is sure to prove controversial. Photos not seen by PW.
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Diet for a New America is a powerful indictment of our dietary practices that should be read by everyone interested in healthy living. It is a well-researched, well-documented and eye-opening account of the myths and truths about meat, milk, fat and protein. I will recommend this book to patients, friends, and relatives. -- Andrew Weil, M.D., Author, Spontaneous Healing

Diet for a New America is a powerful tool on the journey towards consciousness and compassion. I recommend it without reservation, and hope that many, many people will read it. -- Gary Zukav, Author, The Dancing Wu Li Masters

Diet for a New America will vitalize the awakening of America. This easy-to-read yet mind-boggling book has its place in the kitchen and in the doctors office, in every classroom, from preschool to university. For those involved in ecological and political issues, this book is a mustso it is for all of us who long for a practical economical way to foster a more sane, ethical and loving world. -- Laura Huxley, Author, This Timeless Moment

A reading must for all caring Americans. -- Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, Authors, Fit for Life

Diet for a New America is excellent! I can't speak highly enough of it. This book is a breakthrough in the science of health and a joy to read. No one who suffers (or whose loved ones suffer) from the diseases of our time can afford to ignore this potent message. In his captivating style, John Robbins shows us how to create health for ourselves, our children, and the world we live in. -- Dr. John McDougall, Author, The McDougall Plan

Every so often a book comes along which has the capacity to awaken the conscience of a nation. Silent Spring was one such book: I believe John Robbins volume is destined to be another. With consummate intelligence, thoroughness and skill, Robbins takes us on a multifaceted journey which should cause all sensitive people to question their eating habits most searchingly. I couldnt put it down. -- Cleveland Amory, President, Fund for Animals, Author, The Cat Who Came for Christmas

From the outset of reading this volume I was enthralled. The book is a pleasure to read, as engrossing as the most exciting novel. Yet this is no novelit deals directly with the most important personal issues and decisions of our lives. When I finished reading Diet for a New America, I knew that in my hands lay one of the most profound studies ever written of how our eating habits affect our lives, and indeed all of life on our planet . . . If you read only one book this year, let it be this one. -- Vegetarian Times magazine

In a tender, not strident, voice Robbins shows us why a humane society cannot be built upon an inhumane system of food production. Robbins does not play on our guilt, but shows us how our own well-being is linked to the development of radically new sensibilities to non-human life. I promise youwhat you perceive behind the supermarket meat counter will never be the same after reading Diet for a New America. -- Frances Moore Lapp, Author, Diet for a Small Planet

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing Book July 27 2003
By A Customer
I first bought this book simply because I read an article by John Robbins and found his writing very inviting. I used to think that it would take a lot to convince me to stop eating animal products - I used to think nothing would do it. But I read this book and was presented with so many reasons for becoming vegan that I've switched to a vegan diet with relative ease. Robbins' book is wonderful in that it's really a celebration of life. He really shows you the facts about meat and dairy industries that are often kept from the consciousness of most Americans. I think this book is an extremely important read for anyone that considers themself a compassionate, accepting person. It's also crucial for those that care about their health. Because the meat industries have such clout, you need to read this book or books like it to really know the truth. My life is extremely blessed since I've read Diet for A New America and incorporated it into my Self. I recommend it to anyone that doesn't think "ignorance is bliss" and wishes to take the path of acceptance and to road to true happiness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read March 29 2005
Old, but not really outdated, this book will make you think about what you put in your mouth.
Although it may not convince you to go vegan, it will inform you of the personal and environmental consequences of choosing to consume heedlessly. It will encourage mindful eating. It might also gross you out a bit.
I think some of the language is a bit inflammatory for my tastes, but I happen to agree with much of it, so I was almost able to overlook it. Read it for yourself and judge.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greed in America food industry March 31 2004
By Charles
Eventhough I'm only half-way through the book, it has already impacted my life in so many ways. For startes, I have vowed to stop eating all red meat. The only thing I am still consuming is fish . . . not a lot. Hopefully with time, I can abstain from that too. But what really tick me is the greed in the beef/poultry industries! I can tell you more, but I think it is more effective if you read this book. The truth in this book will waken the humanity in you, at the very least.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this for everyone you love! March 27 2003
I am on a mission to pass this book on to all of the people that matter to me. Why? Because I want them to live a long and healthy life! This book is, as everyone who has read it can tell you, life-changing. I have not eaten red meat for 6 years, but after finishing this book 1/1/03 I have not touched a piece of poultry, fish, and I have a real hard time with dairy. Everyone that I have convinced to read this book thus far has also stopped eating meat. This book is the ultimate argument for vegetarianism. After finishing it, I realized that there are a million reasons NOT to eat meat, and basically no legitimate reasons TO eat meat.
I read Diet for a New America AFTER Food Revolution, and although it doesn't cover some of the environmental issues of today, it is, by far, more moving. I also bought the video for those who weren't interested in reading the book, in hopes that an hour of their time could improve their health.
If everyone in the world read this book, we would all be happier, we would live longer, and our earth would not be suffering to the extent that it is today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous book Feb. 17 2003
By A Customer
John Robbins is my new hero... after first reading "Reclaiming Our Health", I was so influenced by Robbins that I purchased "Diet for a New America" and read it in two days.
I must say, these two books have done a great deal to change the way I look at my diet, my health, my life and preventing disease in the future. I can truthfully say that each chapter is a series of new revelations for me... from the horrific treatment of the animals we eat, to studies of how animal products affect our health (and it's not good), how are diets are irrefutably linked to cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and and *host* of other ailments - basically, how WE are causing disease in ourselves, and how we can reverse it.
If you really want to know the truth behind such institutions as the Dairy Council, the Beef Association, the Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association and many other industry interest groups and how they control policy in this country, and how it affects your health - read this book & "Reclaiming our Health". Though some of the info is stuff you probably already know - you *will* learn something new, I promise.
If you don't learn something & you're not shocked/disgusted/amazed at the information in this book... then I will assume you are actually doing something positive in this world. If not, then I just don't understand what will move you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Change Your Life! Sept. 8 2002
Next to The Bible, this book has probably affected my life more than anything else I have ever read.
This has to be one of the best, most well-researched, yet practical books on health and nutrition ever written. I'll warn you though: it's not for the squeamish.
Diet For a New America takes a hard look at how food is produced in this country. It mainly focuses on how meat, eggs, poultry and dairy products are made. The awful truth about what is REALLY in your food is shocking, saddening and downright gross! Literally every single person I know that has read this book has either become a vegetarian, or has drastically reduced their intake of meat, as a direct result of reading it.
I have cut down on my own consumption of certain foods by about 99% as a result of what I have read in Diet For A New America. It has greatly improved my health and overall outlook on life. If this book doesn't scare you straight concerning your eating habits, nothing will.
Read this book and you will literally never be the same. I guarantee it. How many books can you say THAT about?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Diet For A New America
Another must read by John Robbins. He forcefully deals with his very serious subject matter without being preachy or tiresome.
Published 22 months ago by Joan Tompkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
If you want a book that will change your life and your health this is it
Mr Robbins gives you the facts and it's up to you what you do
with them. Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2011 by Java Junkie
1.0 out of 5 stars Used to be a vegan...
When I first read this book over a decade ago, I was convinced. I turned to vegetarianism and then veganism for about 4 years. Read more
Published on June 4 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Caution! -- Very Biased presentation
Although I've been a vegetarian nearly all my life, and read Robbin's book when it first came out, I must warn potential readers that it is highly slanted and biased, having chosen... Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Book Dude
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the book that finally changed me.
I had been contemplating becoming a vegetarian for a long time. This book finally made me take that leap. And it was easy. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Most Insightful Books You Will Ever Read
Diet For A New America is a brutally honest trek into the brutality of todays meat industry. It also makes you aware of the type of toxins and poisons we have been allowed to put... Read more
Published on July 28 2003 by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't matter who you are
What I'm trying to say is that if you care at all for yourself, you will read this book now.
You're not obligated to believe in anything it says, although the footnotes on... Read more
Published on July 4 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and thought-provoking
Diet for a New America reinforced my committment to vegetarianism as a
responsible and ethical way of life. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by "harisharan"
5.0 out of 5 stars Open your eyes to the world of food production
If you've ever wondered how food is produced, what pesticides, chemicals and anti-biotics are used and what residues are in the things you put into your body, this is the book for... Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by Harmony Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent excellent excellent!
This book is amazing! You will never have a desire to eat any animal products again after reading this. Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by "queenvegan"
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