- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: PM Press; 1 edition (May 1 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1604860804
- ISBN-13: 978-1604860801
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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What I personally appreciated most about it is the expose on how soy beans, soy milk, soybean oil, tofu, infant soy formula, etc., are totally destroying their consumers' health in horrific ways -- infertility, hormonal changes, increases in female reproductive system problems, cancer, acceleration of aging and increase in Alzheimer's -- even in youth in their 20s, etc.
I challenge any militant vegan/vegetarian who believes in soy products to read this book's pages 211 to 229. What you will learn from these pages may save your life, and the lives of those who depend on your nutrition and food choices, because you have their wellbeing in your hands, as a parent, caregiver, spouse, health care practitioner, etc.
This is a unique, and extremely valuable book -- DO READ IT -- and DO SPREAD THE WORD... I'm telling all my family and friends about it. I'm so grateful to the author for her fabulous treatment of this very complex subject! So easy to read, and meticulously referenced, -- the eye-opening information will stick with me forever!
In North America, we have all grown up with the image of the wheat/corn fields in the rural countryside as being the backbone of society, providing the rest of the population with food. But what she shows throughout the book is the highly destructive process behind agriculture and how it runs in complete opposition to bio-diversity and creating sustainable self-sufficient environments that promotes life at all levels from the small microbial/bacterial, to plants/trees, to animals of all shapes and sizes.
Also chronicling her battles with health while living as a vegan for 20 years, she explains quite succintly what human beings evolved to eat through millions of years as hunter-gatherers, which agriculture has turned against, causing so many health problems because of it.
This book is packed with data that has solidified many dietary and principled choices on who and where I purchase food from in order to support our planet. I highly recommend this book. A definite page turner!
I remember years ago seeing Joseph Campbell quoted as saying, "A vegetarian is someone who's never heard a vegetable scream." Keith honors all beings - plants, animals, stones, soil. One by one, she slashes through the practices and beliefs that are destroying the planet, then offers sign posts for a new path.
This is an important book that doesn't allow the reader to hide beneath any mantle of righteous action. Read it. Discuss it with friends. Be prepared to be uncomfortable. Be prepared to change.
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