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“If you want your life to be an expression of your heart’s purpose, if you want your daily actions to reflect your love for life, this book is for you. If you follow its tenets, you will be healthier and happier. Plus, you will be joining the ever-growing efforts of millions toward a spiritually fulfilling, socially just, and environmentally sustainable human presence on this planet.” —John Robbins, author of Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, and Healthy at 100
“Arran Stephens has long been at the forefront of the natural foods and vegetarian movements in North America. The Compassionate Diet persuasively advocates choosing a plant-centered diet rather than an animal-foods diet from a completely holistic perspective. I especially appreciate the book’s extensive coverage of the spiritual aspects of dietary choice, which most of the books and essays in the important conversation about industrial food systems and diet tend to ignore.” —John Mackey, cofounder and CEO, Whole Foods Markets, and a vegan
“The Compassionate Diet is a blueprint to better health for body, mind, spirit, and the planet. It makes a compelling case for a simple life change through what we eat and how we can fulfill the heart’s innate desire for compassion. This is a book about personal and global transformation.” —H.H. Sant Rajinder Singh Ji Maharaj, author of Inner and Outer Peace through Meditation and Empowering Your Soul through Meditation
A case for vegetarianism from the perspectives of health, morality, ecology and spirituality.
Founder of Nature's Path Foods Arran and health writer Rosen present an elegant universal plea for compassionate dietary change on several levels: for the animals who suffer to become our food, for the millions of starving humans and for the preservation of the planet, which is being rapidly consumed to feed the meat addiction of wealthier nations. Supportive and staggering statistics from Environmental Defense and the EarthSave Foundation describe the massive quantities of crops, acreage and money it takes to support the meat industry, along with its impact on health and the environment. Shaded text boxes contain applicable quotes from famous vegetarians like Albert Einstein, religious texts, or medical professionals: "I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open and put them on cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives," states Dr. Dean Ornish. Considering the authors' backgrounds, it's no surprise that the strongest portion of their argument is their sharing of the significant nutritional benefits of the meatless diet, which include lower cholesterol, decreased risk for cancer and a longer life span. Spiritual rationale for the fleshless diet abounds in various religions, and the authors have dug deep to find supportive passages from each. However, in attempting to portray Jesus Christ as a vegetarian, the authors reach for corroboration using ancient literary evidence that contradicts most versions of the Bible.The brief chapter describing karma and our complicity in killing when we consume the flesh of other sentient beings would have sufficed.
Wonderful quotes and legitimate arguments for an animal-free diet make up this manageable, convincing book.