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Food Revolution [Paperback]

John Robbins
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July 1 2001
Fears of Frankenfood, e-coli and "mad cow" meat abound. If, indeed, we are what we eat, what in the world are we becoming? John Robbins, who revolutionized how we think about food, reveals the truth about our already deadly diet. He boldly posits that, collectively, our personal diet can save ourselves and the world. If, according to chaos theory, the beating of a butterfly's wing can cause a hurricane in another part of the world, try this out for chaotic cause and effect: monarch butterflies are dying in droves due to genetically-engineered corn growing in the Midwest. There is also a direct correlation between the Big Mac in your hand and the mile-wide river now running across the North Pole. Learn the truth about foods we are eating that are, in Robbins' words, "unsafe on any plate."

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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.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Read Ever June 8 2005
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for meat-eaters and vegans alike 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 29 2004
By Kristin
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully non-judgemental! Dec 8 2003
By Amy
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. June 28 2013
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After reading Food revolution and The China Study our family are vegans. We thought we ate healthy with lean chicken cuts and consuming dairy products for bones and teeth. Shows how brain washed we are, because of the money and powers farmers have over government. Who else could sue Oprah...I agree and I am never eating another burger! No animal proteins for consumption in my house. Also covered the disturbing, discusting practice of factory farms. What a big, fat, greedy western society we are. Thank goodness Europe outlawed these farming practices, maybe Canada and the States could do the same. There are a lot of bellies hanging over belts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read July 13 2011
Everyone in North America should read this book. We won't be becoming complete vegetarians or vegans. It's too bad we all focus on labels so much! We WILL, however, drastically be reducing the amount of meat and dairy we consume. It need not be a staple in our diet but more of a treat. If you take anything away from this book whether you believe the arguments Robbins presents or not, at the very least know where your food comes from!
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Published 1 month ago by Martine Bouchard
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite eye opener!
The author has done his research. You will think twice about what foods you put into your body. A fantastic read'
Published 2 months ago by Laurie Arsenault
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Revolution
What a great deal of conviction this author has regarding his subject. To be recommended to all who are thinking of afdopting a vegetarian life style.
Published 20 months ago by Joan Tompkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent environmental book
While the book is titled Food Revolution, it makes a compelling case for eating a plant base diet, for your health, for the planet heath and for the animal heath. Read more
Published on June 10 2012 by Gilles Fecteau
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and galvanizing
The Food Revolution contains much useful information about the harmful effect of animal-product ingestion on one's health--a subject covered in far greater detail in The China... Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2011 by mari.f.
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
wow! This book will open your eyes to the food industry and what you are eating. Very informative and well written. A must read.
Published on April 27 2011 by Lisa Leis
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2009 by Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars it's important to understand how our diet affects the planet
This is an important book; much like "Fast Food Nation" it is a wake-up call for all consumers to pay attention to the impact of our collective diet on the planet. Read more
Published on March 29 2009 by Thea J. Willgress
5.0 out of 5 stars Compassion in action
The Food Revolution is a remarkable book. John Robbins was heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice cream fortune, but turned it down to become a vegan activist. Read more
Published on June 9 2004 by Pax Gethen
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