The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

Part memoir, nutritional primer, and political manifesto, this controversial examination exposes the destructive history of agriculture—causing the devastation of prairies and forests, driving countless species extinct, altering the climate, and destroying the topsoil—and asserts that, in order to save the planet, food must come from within living communities. In order for this to happen, the argument champions eating locally and sustainably and encourages those with the resources to grow their own food. Further examining the question of what to eat from the perspective of both human and environmental health, the account goes beyond health choices and discusses potential moral issues from eating—or not eating—animals. Through the deeply personal narrative of someone who practiced veganism for 20 years, this unique exploration also discusses alternatives to industrial farming, reveals the risks of a vegan diet, and explains why animals belong on ecologically sound farms.

Title:The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781604860801
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    The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability Reviews

  • Keith Akers

    This is an anti-vegan book which will be a difficult book for vegans to read. The text resembles more a stream-of-consciousness monologue than an organized discussion. The author is an ex-vegan, after...

  • missy jean

    Get ready for my longest review ever. And if you feel like following what I expect will be a lively conversation, I'm also going to post it on ourmotherskeeper.com.I am giving this book 2 stars althou...

  • Katie

    I'm reading this book because I am a seeker of knowledge and I appreciate Truth, even in painful forms. That having been said, this book was not logical at all, and contained twisted truths at best. T...

  • else fine

    This was one of the more controversial books we carried this year. A quick look at the online reviews will tell you the same thing - people are worked up about this thing. Lierre Keith is a brave, bra...

  • Ellen Young

    A 20-year vegan who started eating meat out of a desparate attempt to heal her constant and chronic health problems, the author had her eyes opened to both the damaging effects of a grain-based diet a...

  • Rebecca McNutt

    While I can definitely appreciate the outlook of this book (I think veganism is just a bunch of hype myself and don't understand the appeal), I still don't think it's right for a book to judge people ...

  • Damien

    Lierre Keith is a sick person. She was probably sick before she became a teenage vegan, and probably made herself even sicker by crying over baby ants. For 20 years she (by her own admission) was an ...

  • Emily

    Well, that was...interesting...Lierre Keith is a self-described radical, meaning that she basically wants to remake the world from (literally) the ground up. She lays out her idealized - well, not civ...

  • Ginny Messina

    (I reviewed this book back in the fall on my blog. This is a slightly tweaked version of that post.) Lierre Keith suffers from numerous chronic health problems. Unable to secure a diagnosis for most o...

  • Bryce Lee

    This is a must read for anyone who considers vegetarian/agricultural eating to be either morally or nutritionally superior or even comparable to a preagricultural/hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Lierre als...