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  • Paperback: 472 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; New title edition (July 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573247022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573247023
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #377,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

What can we do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer? Eat vegetarian, Robbins (Diet for a New America) argues. Noting the massive changes in the environment, food-production methods, and technology over the last two decades, he lambastes (in a manner less tough-mindedly restrained than Frances Moore Lapp‚'s classic Diet for a Small Planet) contemporary factory-farming methods and demonstrates that individual dietary choices can be both empowering and have a broader impact. Robbins, heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire (he rejected it to live according to his values), takes on fad diets, the meat industry, food irradiation, hormone and antibiotic use in animals, cruel animal husbandry practices, the economics of meat consumption, biotechnology and the prevalence of salmonella and E. Coli. Some details are downright revolting (euthanized dogs and cats often are made into cattle feed), horrific (some 90% of cows, pigs and poultry are still conscious when butchered) and mind-boggling (it takes 5,214 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef). Despite all this and more distressing information, Robbins ends on a hopeful note, detailing growth in organic farming, public awareness and consumer activism worldwide, as well as policy changes, especially in Europe. Well researched and lucidly written, if sometimes overly sentimental and burdened by clich‚d rhetoric, this book is sure to spark discussion and incite readers to examine their food choices. (July 2)Forecast: Diet for a New America was both controversial and influential; Robbins's name (and that of Dr. Dean Ornish, who provides a foreword) should draw readers, particularly to the author's six-city western U.S. tour. Global warming, animal rights, meat safety and genetically modified food are being recognized as important issues, but the kind of sea change the book calls for is unlikely to find a mass audience.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Robbins, author of the classic Diet for a New America, believes that plant-based nutrition and particularly vegan diets (free of meat, milk, and eggs) lead to long life and good health. Citing statistics, research studies, and selected quotes that extol the benefits of such diets, he also argues that animal products are responsible for such diseases as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. Robbins deplores the inadequate sanitation and inspection in meat-processing plants and argues that many of the illnesses and stomach ailments that people complain about result from animal agriculture and the pathogens it introduces into our bodies. He also raises concerns about the dangers of fad diets that advocate high carbohydrates, high protein, or high fat. Robbins's zealous advocacy of plant-based nutrition and his refusal to consider the need for animal products in human nutrition throws his book off balance. Nevertheless, those who want to know more about vegan diets will gain many insights from his provocative book. Recommended for large nutrition collections with a diversity of viewpoints. [For more diet and nutrition books, see Anne Tomlin's "A Balanced Diet of Nutrition Resources" in LJ's May 1 consumer health supplement. Ed.] Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn College Lib., New Yor.
- Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn College Lib., New York
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Clinton S. Wasylishen on June 8 2005
Format: Paperback
I had a friend suggest that I pick up a copy of this book... and since then I have told coutnless friends to buy it as well (and yes, I have been loaning my copy out as well ;)
If you are interested in knowing about the powers that control your mind as far as food marketing are concerned, you should read this book.
If you are interested in learning how you can likely prevent cancer, heart disease and more, read this book.
Read this book - I can not stress it enough, it is very likely to change the way that you view your food, and what you have been taught througout life.
Reading this book will change your life!!
Most importantly - do not buy this book if you are interested in the specifics of eating, or you are looking for some sort of fad diet - this book does not do any of that. If you are interested in eating for your health, look to Eat To Live.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 25 2004
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I read John Robbins's "Diet For A New America" many years ago and have been passing it on to friends ever since. I had been a vegetarian for almost 10 years when I read "Diet," but it wasn't until I read Robbins's book that I understood why. I had a basic feeling that it was wrong for animals to suffer, but I had never really educated myself about what that suffering entailed. Moreover, I had very little understanding of the nitty gritty of the other arguments for vegetarianism/veganism. "Diet" absolutely shocked me when I read it, and it shocked my meat-eating boyfriend when I gave it to him to read; we both became vegan [basically] overnight. ...Fabulous though "Diet" is, it's wonderful to have an updated resource, given everything that has changed since it was published. "The Food Revolution" covers all the basics of gmo crops, mad cow disease, and the health, animal rights, environmental, and human hunger arguments for eating less meat and dairy products. I would highly reccomend this book, both for meat-eaters and committed vegetarians/vegans alike. I have taken to asking friends and family to read "Food Revolution" as their birthday or Christmas present to me. It's a fast, compelling read, with enough anecdotes to keep you going and plenty of great pull-quote type statistics. And most importantly, I really believe this is a book that can change lives. If you only read one book on vegetarianism, it should be this one! If you only give friends and family members one book on vegetarianism, it should be this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on Dec 29 2004
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In regards the review from the person from Stillwater, please don't write book reviews if you have the mentality and maturity of a child. We already know that people have the choice to eat what they want, that's not even what the book's about. You can't generalize a whole group of people (vegetarians), because you know of some who smoke. That has nothing to do with this book. This is a great book whether you're already vegetarian/vegan, or you're just considering it. It really makes you think about what's going on in this world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lee on Oct. 27 2009
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Over twenty years ago I read Diet for a New America and after a short flirtation with vegetarianism; I somehow managed to forget most of what I absorbed. Since having my own family, facing increasing, personal health issues and growing up a little, I have slowly been working up the courage to face the facts so clearly outlined in this book.

This is one of those books that you wish everyone would read. If the information about diet and health, modern food production, the torture of animals in the name of appetite instead of necessity and the environmental destruction that is occurring as a result was more widely known, surely there would be a massive change in every North American's lifestyle and health. I am shocked at how effective the advertising campaigns of dairy and meat producers have been in brainwashing me into believing those foods were necessary for my health. Apparently the overwhelming majority of world-wide research shows that a plant based diet greatly decreases the risk of acquiring heart disease and many types of cancer and in cultures where this type of diet is standard, incidence of these diseases are very low.

Reading about the deplorable conditions of animals in huge, overcrowded, factory farms, the way they are transported to the slaughterhouse and what happens when they get there made me sick to my stomach. Reading about how the tropical rainforests are being destroyed and thousands of plant and animal species lost forever, in order for more cattle to graze so we can have hamburgers 5 cents cheaper is horrifying. The amount of water needed to produce a pound of vegetables or grains is a fraction of what is needed to produce a pound of beef for our consumption.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy on Dec 8 2003
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The thing that makes this book stand out among others of it's kind is the very non-judgmental tone of it's author. This makes it perfect for someone that knows very little about the cruelty of the animal industry or has been stubborn or unwilling to hear about it. He actually begins his book by hawking the health benefits of a vegetarian diet instead of jumping right into the cruelty aspect, which I think is a better, more gentle approach to go about convincing certain people. The chapter where he rips on all the latest fad diets such as the Adkins, Zone, and Eat Right for your Type diets is amusing to read for anybody that's ever been curious about those diets, even if they've never tried them (believe it or not, there's never been research or studies done by ANY of those three authors to support their book!).
The best part of the book is that it's so carefully researched, and every fact stated is backed up with a citation to a reliable source. There's even helpful fact and quote boxes that are highlighted to get the attention of someone just flipping through it - it makes the book quite irresistible.
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