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The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability Paperback – May 1 2009
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"[Vegetarian Myth] is one of the most important books people, masses of them, can read, as we try with all our might, intelligence, skill, hope, dream , and memory, to turn the disastrous course the planet is on." Alice Walker, prize-winning author, The Color Purple
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Lots of books talk about the harm eating processed foods and high levels of sugars and grains on our health, but this book is one of the few that combines this with information about the effect all these many grain crops have on our environment and on many different ecosystems.
The author talks about all the hidden death that is involved in the production of foods such as grain crops, and why vegan meals may involve far more death than the more obvious death of a single animal to provide a meal for an omnivore. Many animals are made extinct when land is cleared for grain crops and billions of small animals such as mice and rabbits are killed every year by harvesting equipment, for example.
The book explains that buying a soy burger may give you an emotional quick fix but it does nothing at all to deal with any of the bigger issues, is terrible for your health, and gives money to some of the biggest corporations that are causing some of the worst problems in worldwide hunger and so on. To be truly moral in our eating habits involves more than just extending morality to a few animals who are most like us. The rest of the world, all those billions of other lives, count too.
The author also writes about how our soils need to eat and what they need to eat is either fossil fuels or animal products such as manure, and that there is no way around this. That we are part of a circle of life and trying to separate ourselves from this cycle is causing a lot of problems for our environment.Read more ›
This book is thoughtful, thought provoking and well thought off .... in one word exceptional.
This book is exhaustive in its research, heart wrenching in its honesty, and mind blowing in its brutal truths. Keith deomolishes the animal-products-are-bad-for-us-and-the-planet diatribe with reason, heart, science, and personal experience. She examines the 3 major philosphies behind veganism (moral, political and nutritional) and shatters them one by one. She then explains her views on what might work to feed the planet and keep us healthy, and it is not by growing monocrops of wheat, corn or soy. My mind and eyes were opened wide by this book. I am amazed at how much I learned from Ms. Keith.
Despite my overwhelming applause, I must admit to having to brush away several spots of male bashing now and then. Keith has very strong feminist views that cloud her otherwise clear voice in a few places. But these spots are very brief and easily skipped over. The information she offers is sound, she has researched her topics thoroughly and her writing style is fluid and captivating.
As I said above, this is my #1 pick for the year, and I read a lot of books on a wide variety of topics. Give this to someone you care about, especially if they are thinking of going vegan or care about the planet and sustainability.
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An accessible and compelling must read for anyone interested in their own health as well as the health of the planet.Published 25 days ago by Ted F. Lawler
Fast Shipping - Excellent Quality - Perfect, Smooth Transaction! Thanks!! I disagree with her views on dairy - but overall, she makes some great points and it's interesting to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sandra
Very well structured outline, nice distribution of humour, lots of viewpoints incorporated, and frankly a tragic story of someone destroying themselves for a belief system that is... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bushman
Everyone should read this, but especially parents - of vegetarian-to-be teenagers. Eat healthy: everything in moderation.Published 19 months ago by Nature / Food / Music lover
Very thought provoking and a challenge to my old vegetarian beliefs. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in health, the environement and the welfare of animals.Published on July 25 2014 by EC
This is an excellent, impassioned analysis of exactly why vegetarianism won't save the planet and is actually harming the ecosystem and the health of the people who practice it. Read morePublished on June 19 2014 by cellomerl
This book is a meaningful discussion not just on vegetarian living, but on the current state of our agricultural system. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2014 by dr s a eberspaecher
she admitted she ate eggs and dairy every chance she got... and she claims being a vegan for 20 years at the same time!? wow.. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2014 by Chrissy