The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability

by Lierre Keith
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The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith

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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ISBN-13: 9781604861822
Publisher: PM Press
Publication date: 05/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 263,009
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

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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The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Seth_Wilpan More than 1 year ago
In response to Jon_Hertshof I want to ask, where are the references that substantiate your facts? Leaving aside the particular nutritional issues that you take exception to, what is your appraisal of Keith's analysis of agriculture and her thoughts on the carrying capacity of the planet?
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IMJoy More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Reading this book will change your point of view on what you eat and about the vegetarian lifestyle. I just finished this book a few days ago and in making changes in my eating from the information I learned in the book has already made me feel better. If everyone followed the advise in this book not only would they feel better, but the would would be a better place.
dreamingferal More than 1 year ago
Necessary for anyone who wants to know why mainstream health misinformation doesn't make any sense! This is revolutionary, environmental, social, and most of all, healthy!
Avalo More than 1 year ago
Keith is a great writer. Her prose is engaging and passionate with a little laugh-out-loud humor. She is tackling a subject that is close to her compassionate heart. She uses knowledge with her passionate prose to help vegans, vegetarians, Americans and in deed all people to learn all about food that will make them healthy and the earth, too. She has done extensive research that covers subjects far and wide but center on food. A fearless and excellent book - it will enter the high ranks of books like The Jungle and Silent Spring, which was one of her touch stone books. (Warning, it's the soil!)
Sundari_Xia More than 1 year ago
Lierre Keith uses her personal experiences and tons of research to convince us all that our diet is more important than we realize. Not just important for our bodies but for our planet. If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or considering these, please read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW!!! I knew grains and sugar were not good for you, but they are toxic. Nutrient dense food with out all the processing, the best way to feel good and LOOK good. Our bodies need these foods and are equiped to digest the meat and fats directly. Grains have to be processed by the bacteria in the intestine before we get anything out of them. All the medical problems in our society can be linked to poor diet. We are not cows...EAT MEAT!
Jon_Hertshof More than 1 year ago
Check out this review: / "...It's next to impossible to review this book; it is so packed with misinformation and confusion that refuting the claims could be another book itself. This is a long post, and it doesn't begin to address all of the problems in The Vegetarian Myth. / I read the section on nutrition first. Since it's my area of expertise, I figured it would give me some idea of the quality of her research and analysis. But quality isn't at issue here because there is no research or analysis. Keith doesn't bother with primary sources; she depends almost exclusively on the opinions of her favorite popular authors, which she presents as proof of her theories. For example, when she writes about evolution as it affects dietary needs, and suggests that 'the archeological evidence is incontrovertible,' she is actually referencing the book Protein Power, written by two physicians who have no expertise in evolution or anthropology. It's a neat trick, of course, because we have no idea where the Protein Power authors got their information. By burying all of the actual studies this way, she makes it laborious for readers to check her facts... / Keith is woefully confused about fats. She believes that saturated fat is needed for absorption of vitamins and minerals, that polyunsaturated fat is "low-fat," and that we have a dietary need for cholesterol. In fact, we have no dietary need for either saturated fat or cholesterol-there is no RDA for either. The liver makes all the cholesterol our bodies require. And the two essential fatty acids required by humans-both unsaturated-are found in plant foods. / On page 172 she suggests that fat intake has dropped by 25% over the past 15 years. Thirty pages later she says it has fallen by 10%. You might think that this discrepancy would send her to the actual data, in which case she would have found that fat intake has increased over the past 15 years. Among Americans, total fat intake is around 33% of calories and a good one-third of that is saturated fat-so her belief that Americans consume 30% of their calories as polyunsaturated fat is also wrong... / On page 227, she notes that 'Mark Messina, a champion of soy, thinks the Japanese eat 8.6 [grams of soyfoods] per day,' or less than a tablespoon. Really? Well, I happen to be married to Mark Messina, so I have a fairly good idea of what he 'thinks' about soy intake. But even if I didn't know him, I could read his 2006 analysis of soy intake data that was published in the peer-reviewed medical journal Nutrition and Cancer. Apparently, Keith didn't or she would have seen that Asian soy intake is the equivalent of 1 to 1 ½ servings or more per day. Why did she get this so wrong? It's because she doesn't understand that there is a difference between soy protein intake and soy food intake. A cup of soymilk contains around 7 grams of soy protein, so the 8.6 to 11 grams of protein that the Japanese typically eat is equal to at least a serving per day. / ...This is ultimately a sad book. ...Her intent seems heartfelt; she sees herself very much as a savior of vegetarians and wants us to learn from her mistakes. And the book has been widely embraced by those who want to believe that meat-eating is healthy and just. The problem is that there is truly nothing in this book that accurately supports that conclusion." / For the full review, Google: "Vegetarian Myth," "Vegan RD".
eibhir More than 1 year ago
I feel for her pain and confusion. I look up her medical problems and most of them are usually caused by genetics, not diet. Her arguments seem rational, but they're not quite. An interesting read on the psychosis of eating meat and the lengths some people will go to to justify it to themselves and others.