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

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Originally published in 1987, Diet for a New America awakened the conscience of a nation with its startling examination of the food we buy and eat - and the moral, economic, and medical price we pay for it. Drawing a clear line connecting America's factory farm system with disease, animal cruelty, and ecological crises, Robbins makes perhaps the most eloquent argument for vegetarianism ever published. Robbins walked away from his family's business - the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire - to pursue his dream of ...

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Overview

Originally published in 1987, Diet for a New America awakened the conscience of a nation with its startling examination of the food we buy and eat - and the moral, economic, and medical price we pay for it. Drawing a clear line connecting America's factory farm system with disease, animal cruelty, and ecological crises, Robbins makes perhaps the most eloquent argument for vegetarianism ever published. Robbins walked away from his family's business - the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire - to pursue his dream of promoting a healthy society that practices "compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem." In Diet for a New America he presents both a disturbing portrait of our current system and a vision for the future that will educate and empower readers to change.

"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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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: 9781932073546
  • Publisher: Kramer, H. J., Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Edition description: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 188,537
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Author and activist John Robbins is considered by many to be one of the world’s most eloquent spokespersons for a sane, ethical, and sustainable future. His work has been featured in all major print and broadcast media. He lives near Santa Cruz, California.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Publisher's Prologue to the 25th Anniversary Edition xi

Foreword Joanna Macy xiii

Introduction xix

Part 1

1 All God's Critters Have a Place in the Choir 3

2 Brave New Chicken 31

3 The Most Unjustly Maligned of All Animals 55

4 Holy Cow 79

5 Any Way You Slice It, It's Still Bologna 103

Part 2

6 Different Strokes for Different Folks 129

7 The Rise and Fall of the Protein Empire 151

8 Food-for the Caring Heart 183

9 Losing a War We Could Prevent 227

10 An Ounce of Prevention 251

Part 3

11 America the Poisoned 285

12 All Things Are Connected 325

Epilogue to the 25th Anniversary Edition 355

Endnotes 371

Index 401

About the Author 419

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Awesome!

    Despite having been written in 1987 this book is still relevant. I recommend reading "The Food Revolution" as well.

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