The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability

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PM Press, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 312 pages
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.
 

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User Review  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

The author brought up some interesting points and I even believe her about the devastation that agriculture has wrought on our ecosystem. But I think she is being too idealistic in thinking we can ... Read full review

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User Review  - TAU67SEu - LibraryThing

Regardless of the content, this book is simply unreadable. Surely it cannot be the book on this subject? One extra star plus a review to make it clear that I didn't give it a low rating just because I am vegan/vegetarian (I eat meat). Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1 Why This Book?
1
CHAPTER 2 Moral Vegetarians
13
CHAPTER 3 Political Vegetarians
95
CHAPTER 4 Nutritional Vegetarians
139
CHAPTER 5 To Save the World
245
Acknowledgements
273
Appendix
275
Resources
277
Endnotes
281
Bibliography
297
About the Author
310
Flashpoint Press
311
About PM Press
312
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About the author (2009)

Lierre Keith is a writer, a farmer, and a feminist activist. She is the author of the novels Conditions of War and Skyler Gabriel. She splits her time between Northampton, Massachusetts and Humboldt, California.

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