Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth

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Since the publication in 1987 of Diet for a New America, beef consumption in the United States has fallen a remarkable 19 kpercent. Diet for a New America is considered by many to be one of the most important contributors to this dramatic shift in eating habits.

In the first section, John Robbins takes an extraordinary look at America's dependence on animals for food and the often inhumane conditions under which these animals are raised. It ...

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Overview

Since the publication in 1987 of Diet for a New America, beef consumption in the United States has fallen a remarkable 19 kpercent. Diet for a New America is considered by many to be one of the most important contributors to this dramatic shift in eating habits.

In the first section, John Robbins takes an extraordinary look at America's dependence on animals for food and the often inhumane conditions under which these animals are raised. It becomes clear that the price paid for such eating habits can be measured in the suffering of animals.

The second section challenges the belief that consuming meat is necessary for optimum health by pointing out the vastly increased rate of disease caused by pesticides, hormones, additives, and other chemicals that are now a routine part of food production. The author shows how the production, preparation, and consumption of food can once again be a healthy process by omitting meat entirely from the food chain.

In the third section, Robbins looks at the global implications of a meat-based diet and concludes that the enormous amount of resources consumed in the production of meat is a major factor in ecological crises.

"John Robbins has written a most extraordinary, compelling book, one bound to shake our innermost core. Diet for a New America is a must for anyone concerned about ecology."--The Las Vegas Sun. Photos.

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This well-documented expose of America's ``factory farms'' should prompt even die-hard meat-and-potatoes lovers to reevaluate their diets. Asserting that ``we are ingesting nightmares for breakfast, lunch and dinner,'' Robbins, who is medical director of the California Institute for Health and Healing, details how livestock is raised under increasingly industrialized conditions by ``agribusiness oligopolies.'' Grazing and foraging have given way to debeaking, tail-docking, dehorning and castration, and treatment with pesticides, hormones, growth and appetite stimulants, tranquilizers and antibioticswhich, in turn, are assimilated by humans. The author correlates our ``protein obsessed'' society with a higher incidence of arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, cancer and other degenerative diseases, as well as freakish occurrences like premature puberty from estrogen contamination. As Robbins debunks nutritional myths perpetuated by the powerful meat and dairy industries (indicting as well his family's Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire), this is sure to prove controversial. Photos not seen by PW. (September 10)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780915811816
  • Publisher: Kramer, H. J., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

John Robbins’ work has been featured in all major print and broadcast media, including a PBS special. He has spoken before groups including Oxfam, UNICEF, The Humane Society, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. He lives near Santa Cruz, CA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    The Truth About Food Production

    This is an eye-opening book if you haven't done your homework about how food is produced in this country! The commercialization of meat production illustrates most clearly how taking control of our food supply (domesticating, breeding, and artificial feeding) has affected its nutritional content and our physical health. Today, as John Robbins points out, much of the cattle in the U.S. does not graze on green pastures and are not allowed to roam free, like portrayed on the product labels. Instead most live their lives on feeding lots confined to small areas and are fed grain. The grain is what gives steak the fatty, marble look. This drastically elevates the saturated fat and cholesterol content within the meat and dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc). Most cattle in the United States (unless certified organic) are injected with Bovine Growth Hormone (BGH), fed antibiotics, and then the feed lots are blanketed with insecticides which fall into the cattle's food and water and eventually become part of someone's dinner. The cattlemen found that when they inject BGH into a cow it produced between 15-25% more milk although it seriously damaged the animal's health and reproduction capacity. This injected hormone significantly increased their profit margin however this is terrible news for you and especially children. We note that kids today are physically maturing at an unusually earlier age now. I'm convinced based on widespread expert research there is an obvious and direct correlation between conventional food production, early physical maturation, and reproductive organ cancers. This would explain the fact that every industrialized country in the world, except for the US, has banned BGH! When the animal products mentioned above are ingested, you are also indirectly flooding your system with synthetic antibiotics. Bearing in mind that 90 percent of the bacteria in and around your body are beneficial and vital to your overall health, antibiotics are unable discriminate between good and bad bacteria. They kill everything! Vast quantities of certain antibiotics are routinely included in the diet of healthy farm animals because this practice has been shown to make animals grow faster. Experts have recently concluded this ultimately leads to an environment conducive to the evolution of antibiotic resistance. 'Diet for a New America' is required reading for all of my nutrition patients and I cannot recommend this book enough! - Dr. Matthew J. Loop (Author of 'Cracking the Cancer Code')

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    This book has changed my life...

    No more steaks...no more milk...no more eggs. John Robbins is fascinating man with a incredible list of books to his name. He has turned me into a vegan almost over night. My father, brother, girlfriend, aunt, and a cousin are all vegetarian now. I gave a copy of his book to them all and we all enjoy our tofu stir fry more than all you can eat steak. Giving up animal products was not only easy, but it was the best choice I have ever made. I love the food that I eat now more than the greasy fattening food I used to eat for over 25 years.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Excellent Book

    I found this book to be so informative! I have been a vegerarian for almost 3 decades and this book was still informative.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

    Gone veg!

    Literally changed my life, my views and my eating habits. I'am now a vegetarian and I love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    EYE OPENER and Informative

    Excellent book for everyone and should be required reading esp. for youngsters since they are the future potential consumers. Given who is the writer, a prominent Baskin Robbbins ice-cream busniessman's son, this is a huge step for him and much sacrifice has made. Can't commend enough for the information in this valuable book and for the initiative the writer took undertaking this project. KUDOS ! This has really changed my outlook on food and my conscious dietary intake.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    Highly Informative

    The book is highly informative in a number or areas. It is well researched, and concise in it's information. I found it easy to read and difficult to put down. By the end of the book it has you convinced to make lifestyle adjustments or affirms ones already made. A definate must for anyone interested in the future of personal, family, or this nation's health.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2002

    THIS SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING IN EVERY SCHOOL

    I don't believe any other single book has had a greater impact on my life than this one. If you only read one more book in your life, make it this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2002

    You will be Touched By This Book!

    This is a well-written, well-researched book that will open your eyes; it tells it like it is. You will be changed by this book, it's a must-read for everyone. Share your copy with someone else and buy copies for others. You won't regret it. Even those who feel they know about our food and how it is processed and comes to our dinner tables will find things they did not know at all. Everyone needs to read it so they can at least be making informed decisions about their food choices.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    Sometimes the truth is painful....

    ...you'll know what I mean after you read this book. After you've recovered, give this book to someone you love. Send a copy to your child's school principal, your doctor and your favorite grocery store. The concept of changing America's dietary habits may seem overwhelming, but it has to start with one person. That's all we really have: ourselves. Read it!

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