- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: HJ Kramer/New World Library; 2 edition (Dec 21 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193207354X
- ISBN-13: 978-1932073546
- Product Dimensions: 15 x 3 x 22.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 726 g
- Average Customer Review: 94 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth Second Edition Paperback – Dec 21 2012
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'Should be read by everyone interested in healthy living.'
- Andrew Weil, MD , author ofSpontaneous Healing
'Profoundly fulfilling and moving... the pioneering match of... Rachel Carson'sSilent Spring.'
- Washington Post
'A reading must for all caring Americans.'
- Harvey and Marilyn Diamond , authors ofFit for Life
'A breakthrough in the science of health and a joy to read.'
- John A. McDougall, MD , author ofThe McDougall Program
'This well-documented expose of America's 'factory farms' should prompt even die-hard meat-and-potatoes lovers to reevaluate their diets.'
- Publishers Weekly
'One of the most profound studies ever written of how our eating habits affect our lives and indeed all of life on our planet.'
- Vegetarian Times
'Robbins takes us on a multifaceted journey which should cause all sensitive people to question their eating habits most searchingly. I couldn't put it down.'
- Cleveland Amory , author ofThe Cat Who Came for Christmas
'I promise you what you perceive behind the supermarket meat counter will never be the same.'
- Frances Moore Lappe , author ofDiet for a Small Planet
About the Author
Author and activist John Robbins is considered by many to be one of the world's most eloquent spokespersons for a sane, ethical, and sustainable future. His work has been featured in all major print and broadcast media. He lives near Santa Cruz, California.
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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.
Although this book was written in 1987, almost all of the information is still pertinent (though if you want to know more about "organic" farming, I would look to another book for more up to date material). Robbins discusses in depth: Pesticides and pollutants - how they affect our health and our planet; the energy needed to raise livestock (water, energy, and fossil fuel consumption and waste), life-threatening diseases caused by ingesting animal products. Robbins also addresses the ethical question about the conditions in which we keep our livestock, and how we kill the animals.
By reducing, or preferably, eliminating, our consumption of animal products, we can: Reduce dependency on foreign oil; conserve energy and water; and reduce our chances of getting a degenerative disease such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and arthritis, just to name a few.
Even if you simply reduce your consumption of animal products, you will make a difference. This is one of the most important books of our time, and I encourage everyone to read it - and share it with as many people as possible.
This book is broken up into three parts. The first part deals with animals. He tells stories of animals that do amazing feats and he also speaks of the horrible things that are done to them for the sake of human consumption. He talked of them all: Cows, Pigs, Birds and Fish. You don't often read about 'fish' being mistreated, as if they were some sub-specie, but Mr. Robbins covers this with compassion.
After I was able to stop crying, I moved to Part Two. I was able to put the Kleenex away for this chapter, which talks of the health risks of eating the bi-products of animals. He goes into detail about everything you may want to ask. He talks of protein intake, fat consumption, calcium requirements, heart disease, stroke, and cancer...the list goes on and on.
He has included many graphs for the reader to compare and make up their own mind.
The last part, Part Three, deals with the poisons in our food. He talks of the pesticides that have caused illness in the past and many that are poisoning us as we breathe.
This book left no stone unturned. Everyone should read this book, not just vegetarians or people considering that route, but everyone in America. I knew quite a bit about the meat industry and about the ill health it can cause, but I learned some stuff that I hadn't known before.
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