The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World

by John Robbins (Author), Dean Ornish (Foreword)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
What can we do to help stop global warming, feed the hungry, prevent cruelty to
animals, avoid genetically modified foods, be healthier and live longer? Eat
vegetarian, Robbins (Diet for a New America) argues. Noting the massive changes
in the environment, food-production methods, and technology over the last two
decades, he lambastes (in a manner less tough-mindedly restrained than Frances
Moore Lapp‚'s classic Diet for a Small Planet) contemporary factory-farming
methods and demonstrates that individual dietary choices can be both empowering
and have a broader impact. Robbins, heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice-cream empire
(he rejected it to live according to his values), takes on fad diets, the meat
industry, food irradiation, hormone and antibiotic use in animals, cruel animal
husbandry practices, the economics of meat consumption, biotechnology and the
prevalence of salmonella and E. Coli. Some details are downright revolting
(euthanized dogs and cats often are made into cattle feed), horrific (some 90%
of cows, pigs and poultry are still conscious when butchered) and mind-boggling
(it takes 5,214 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef). Despite all this
and more distressing information, Robbins ends on a hopeful note, detailing
growth in organic farming, public awareness and consumer activism worldwide, as
well as policy changes, especially in Europe. Well researched and lucidly
written, if sometimes overly sentimental and burdened by clich‚d rhetoric, this
book is sure to spark discussion and incite readers to examine their food
choices. (July 2)Forecast: Diet for a New America was both controversial and
influential; Robbins's name (and that of Dr. Dean Ornish, who provides a
foreword) should draw readers, particularly to the author's six-city western
U.S. tour. Global warming, animal rights, meat safety and genetically modified
food are being recognized as important issues, but the kind of sea change the
book calls for is unlikely to find a mass audience.

From Library Journal
Robbins, author of the classic Diet for a New America, believes that plant-based
nutrition and particularly vegan diets (free of meat, milk, and eggs) lead to
long life and good health. Citing statistics, research studies, and selected
quotes that extol the benefits of such diets, he also argues that animal
products are responsible for such diseases as obesity, heart disease, high blood
pressure, and cancer. Robbins deplores the inadequate sanitation and inspection
in meat-processing plants and argues that many of the illnesses and stomach
ailments that people complain about result from animal agriculture and the
pathogens it introduces into our bodies. He also raises concerns about the
dangers of fad diets that advocate high carbohydrates, high protein, or high
fat. Robbins's zealous advocacy of plant-based nutrition and his refusal to
consider the need for animal products in human nutrition throws his book off
balance. Nevertheless, those who want to know more about vegan diets will gain
many insights from his provocative book. Recommended for large nutrition
collections with a diversity of viewpoints. [For more diet and nutrition books,
see Anne Tomlin's "A Balanced Diet of Nutrition Resources" in LJ's May 1
consumer health supplement. Ed.] Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn College Lib.

Product Details

Paperback: 340 pages
Publisher: Conari Press; 1 edition (July 11, 2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1573247022



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