Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet

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In Comfortably Unaware, Dr. Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of global depletion as it relates to food choice. We should all be committed, he tells us, to understanding the reality and consequences of our diet, the footprint it makes on our environment, and seek food products that are in the best interest of all living things. His forthright information and stark mental images are often disturbing-and that's how it should be. As the guardians of Planet Earth, we need to be shaken out of our ...
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Overview

In Comfortably Unaware, Dr. Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of global depletion as it relates to food choice. We should all be committed, he tells us, to understanding the reality and consequences of our diet, the footprint it makes on our environment, and seek food products that are in the best interest of all living things. His forthright information and stark mental images are often disturbing-and that's how it should be. As the guardians of Planet Earth, we need to be shaken out of our complacency, to stop being comfortably unaware, and to understand the measures we must take to ensure the health and well-being of our planet-and of ourselves. Oppenlander
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Oppenlander’s powerful message—that “our current food choices detrimentally affect climate change and global warming more so than do all the cars, planes, trucks, buses and trains used worldwide,” and therefore veganism is the key to our survival—isn’t well served by his presentation. While he appears to have shocking facts on his side (“80 percent of the world’s starving children live in countries where food surpluses are fed to animals that are then killed and eaten by more well-off individuals in developed countries”), he makes gratuitous arguments that undermine his own credibility. Rather than simply applaud Al Gore’s work on the risk that energy consumption poses for Earth’s future, the author accuses him of avoiding truths inconvenient to him, because of “ties to the current livestock industry”—an allegation that Oppenlander admits is only speculative. More serious is Oppenlander’s glossing over the pragmatics of how any politician could make headway on the issue in a post–Citizens United political landscape. The billions of dollars the meat industry would pour into opposing any effort to ban meat consumption goes unaddressed, as does the challenge of changing the thinking of people whose ancestors have been carnivores for hundreds of thousands of years. Agent: Jenée Arthur, Jenée Arthur Agency. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780825306860
  • Publisher: Beaufort Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 429,962
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Oppenlander has devoted his life to improving the health of our planet. Since 1976, he has extensively studied the effect our food choices have on our health and their immense impact on our environment. He is also president and founder of a sustainable organic food production business. He has been a featured guest appearing on radio shows, in newspapers, and in magazines, and speaks around the country about Global Depletion--the loss of our resources, food supply, and our own health.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Defining Global Depletion and Use of the Word "Sustainable" xix

I So It All Goes: Defining global depletion as it relates to food (where global warming fits) 1

II For the Unaware: Pertinent facts and figures 9

III It's in the Air: Depletion as it affects oxygen and the quality of the air that we breathe 15

IV Rainforests: Depleting the lungs of our planet 21

V Whose Land Is It Anyway?: Global depletion of our land 27

VI Water and Oceans: Part 1: Drinking water and sustainability-where is it all going? Part 2: Our oceans-what is happening below the surface? 39

VII Pollution: Yes, that would be you 53

VIII Why Do We Do It?: A word about nutrition-do you really care? 59

IX Tread Lightly: Entering the no-wake zone 81

X How We Arrived at This Point: Observations, predictions, and solutions 97

XI Not-to-Read Chapter: A closer look at the animals 135

XII A Final Word 147

End Notes 149

Index 165

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT HEALTH!

    This book is a must-read for anyone who cares about the sustainability of our planet and human existence... I have become "aware" of my own food choices and how they impact the future of our Earth and have made significant changes to my own lifestyle. I like how Dr.Oppenlander does not hold back on anything--it is all based in truth and factual information that needs to be told as so many people are stumbling through life uninformed and basically brainwashed by the media and organizations that care only about making money...just as I was! He opens our eyes to what is really going on in the food industry and does an amazing job of communicating the necessity for changing our eating habits if we want our children's children to have a future on this planet. THANK YOU to the author for conveying this need for change in an easy-to-read book that I feel will help make more people UNCOMFORTABLY AWARE and will hopefully make some changes as I have!

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Comfortably Unaware on NOOKbook!

    What you choose to eat is killing our planet! Read Comfortably Unaware and learn how to fight global depletion through our food choices. Easy read and very informative.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Just read the NOOKbook! - Can't wait to buy hard copies for friends!

    I'm so happy there is a now a book out that presents true facts and solutions in regards to global depletion. I just found Dr. Oppenlander's COMFORTABLY UNAWARE Facebook page and blogs that expound on the topics in his book. "LIKE" COMFORTABLY UNAWARE on Facebook and check it out.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    A MUST READ!

    What a great book! I read this book and it honestly has changed the way I live. I'm so happy there is a book out there that educates people that are comfortably unaware of their eating habits. Thanks to Dr. Oppenlander, I am comfortably unaware no more! The world could be a healthier, better place if everyone reads this book.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Extremely Relevant and HIGHLY recommended!

    I HAVE read this book and it is quite honestly amazing. With 'Comfortably Unaware', Dr. Oppenlander provides clear and obviously well researched information about the sustainability of our planet and the effects our food choices have in the world. This is shared on a level of simply spreading awareness and providing information to become educated on what is happening in the world as it relates to our daily choices. Not many people have the strength to put out information that is difficult to hear, but it is necessary and I admire and respect Dr. Oppenlander for taking that chance. Comfortably Unaware is about providing information to help make the world a better place. Everyone should not only read this book, but share it with everyone they care about for the health of the planet and future generations.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

    Highly recommend this book

    Buy it, read it, enjoy it, learn from it. Help save our planet by spreading the message that comes from Comfortably Unaware. Big props to Dr. Oppenlander for putting this book together for the world to enjoy. READ THIS BOOK!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    Have a positive impact on our planet and read Comfortably Unaware!

    Dr. Oppenlander's message is inspiring and informative. Simply put, Comfortably Unaware explains how we can heal our planet by changing what we choose to eat. TRUST ME, you will love the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    Finally a book that gets the message right.

    Best book out there on the topic of global depletion and our food choices. Dr. Oppenlander doesn't hold anything back on the truth. Been waiting for a book like this to come out for a long time! Thanks!

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