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

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Fears of Frankenfood, e-coli and "mad cow" meat abound. If, indeed, we are what we eat, what in the world are we becoming? John Robbins, who revolutionized how we think about food, reveals the truth about our already deadly diet. He boldly posits that, collectively, our personal diet can save ourselves and the world. If, according to chaos theory, the beating of a butterfl ...more
Paperback, 449 pages
Published July 11th 2001 by Conari Pr (first published 2001)
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Lee
Oct 27, 2009 Lee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People interested in the health or our world and who aren't afraid to face the truth
Recommended to Lee by: Lisa Vegan
Over twenty years ago I read Diet for a New America and after a short flirtation with vegetarianism; I somehow managed to forget most of what I absorbed. Since having my own family, facing increasing, personal health issues and growing up a little, I have slowly been working up the courage to face the facts so clearly outlined in this book.

This is one of those books that you wish everyone would read. If the information about diet and health, modern food production, the torture of animals in the
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Damien
It's like a horror story, except that the zombies, vampires and maniacs with power tools are chasing YOU. And it's for real. It even has a happy ending, except for the very last scene when it may be that the monster could come back. (you don't read that in the book, but you feel it in the back of your mind)
Every one should read it, especially smug meat-eaters and complacent suburbanites- unless you suffer from depression, because this one could send you over the edge to suicide.
Valuable infor
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Nate
Jul 09, 2007 Nate rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Another hit. I cannot wait to read Healthy at 100 and the China Study, also by John Robbins. Not many people give up swimming in an ice cream cone shaped pool, along with a life of luxury, for writing books that champion veganism. This book goes further to make the point and backs up the way of life even more than ever before. Hey, even if you eat a vegan/vegetarian meal once a week you'll make a difference. The question is: How far will you go?
Rindy Girl
This book is amazing and insightful. It's interesting to just flip through and read the little excerpts. I read it cover to cover and it converted me from being a vegetarian to becoming a vegan. I think it's a wealth of knowledge for anyone but especially those interested in veganism or animal rights. There is so much going on behind the scenes that the average person is completely unaware of and ignorant of. It's important for everyone to be educated on these issues so they can make the right d ...more
Lucinda
Mar 19, 2008 Lucinda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who can keep an open mind
Although I think this book is an important read for some reasons, I caution against any book with an author that is fanatical about one diet - vegetarianism. I am, in fact, a "recovering vegetarian"! :) He can scare you into not eating meat with all of his disgusting stories of the meat industry, which are true and which is why I am a strong proponent of only purchasing local meat from a farmer you know so you know how your food is raised. No animal should live in poor conditions, be treated bad ...more
cheryl
May 14, 2007 cheryl rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who cares about the environment/personal health
Wow - what didn't I learn from this book. It has changed my whole perspective and lifestyle. I could go into the details of how my life is different after reading this book, but its better if you pick it up and read it yourself. The thing that was most impressive to me was the 40 pages of footnotes in the back, providing scientific research that you can check out yourself. This book is no joke.
Ethan Fixell
changed my life. really. best health book of all time.
Alan Scott
Life Changing Perspective Flipper

I literally read this entire book in one sitting-- all three hundred and eighty pages, which for me was an all time record. It is an incredibly compelling and horrifying story which Robbins gives us, more compelling than most fictitious thrillers: a world threatened by global economic corporations, but, in this case, IT'S ALL REAL PEOPLE. However, Robbins also gives us a vision of hope and love, and in that, he reminds me a bit of Thich Nhat Hanh. His style is
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Pax Gethen
The Food Revolution is a remarkable book. John Robbins was heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice cream fortune, but turned it down to become a vegan activist. His earlier book Diet for a New America, published in the mid-80s, opened a lot of people's eyes to the horrible conditions animals live in on American "factory" farms. Now even many omnivorous people I've met will not eat veal, for example, and hopefully may come to see foie gras the same way.[return][return]When reading both of these books, I a ...more
Mike
Nov 26, 2008 Mike rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who eats
Recommended to Mike by: my brother Rob
Wow. This book is one of the very few books that literally changed my life. I've read plenty of books that have inspired me or brought about minor changes, but this book really inspired true change in my life. I became vegetarian by page 50, vegan by page 100 and haven't looked back since. I realized that I've spent my life eating whatever was around without any thought as to where it came from, how it was prepared, or what it would do to my body. This book has helped me to see the bigger pictur ...more
Diana
It's not that I don't agree with the message of this book or that it didn't inspire me to eat less meat. I just got tired of the author's weak attempts at humility and barely veiled self-promotion. The structure of the book got old fast. Ultimately, I decided that life is too short to finish reading this book, so I stopped around page 120.
Charlie
Simply put this book is about why you should adopt a vegetarian diet. It breaks the argument down into three categories; Compassion, Health, and Ecology. If at least one of these areas concerns you this book will make a convincing argument for dietary change. Lots of interesting facts and busting of popular myths.
Julie
In the conclusion, the author asks a long lists of questions about what will happen in the next 10-15 years. Now that 14 years has gone by, I am sure he is disappointed in the answers to most of them....
Aubrey
There are a handful of non-fiction books that I feel should be read by all. This is one of them, right behind "The China Study."
Amanda
John Robbins was heir to the Baskin Robbins chain but gave up the money and endless supply of ice cream to become a vegan advocate (and, it seems, something of a hippie). In this book, Robbins takes a critical look at the ways our diet effect our bodies, the lives of animals and the future of the planet. While the first portion of the book concentrates on the many health benefits of a plant-based diet, the rest of the book definitely helped me look at my food choices in a broader context and rea ...more
Sophie
At this point, I didn't learn too many things I didn't already know from this, but I'm still glad I read it. Robbins illustrates once again the effects our eating habits - in particular, consuming animal products - have on our health, the animals' welfare, our planet and world hunger. Hint: they aren't *good* effects.

If there is one thing I wish it's that more of my friends were to read a book like that. Less than a year ago, I had only a vague idea that what I was doing wasn't exactly right an
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Kimmay
I am not sure I can say enough GOOD about this book. It is a book that everyone should read no matter what they eat, if you eat, you should read it. It is enlightening in a sort of horrifying way, as one other previewer put it it reads like a horror story only worse because it is true.

Even though this book was written ten years ago, and I am sure some of the statistics are outdated, I learned a lot and feel compelled to learn more. It also made me rethink my seafood cosumption, that is the only
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Hanna
It's been a while since i read this book but i still use it as a reference when writing papers or arguing for the environmental, health and ethical reasons for going vegetarian/vegan. It was definitly my springboard into exploring veganism. If you're one of those people who immediately turns a deaf ear to vegans and vegitarians because they "whine about the ethical treatment of animals" then READ THIS BOOK. There is plenty to be said for the ethical treatment of animals, plenty, and there is ple ...more
Amy Boyett
This book, written by John Robbins - who was once the heir to the Baskin Robbins fortune - decided to turn down the family business in order to write the book Diet For A New America (which evolved into this book). He takes a very close look at the meat and dairy industries and is very brave to call it how he sees it. This book reads more like a text book, and less as an angry tell-all like his first book, but is still very informative and shocking at times. I became vegan for a short time after ...more
Riddhi
One of the better books I've read in my life. I've started my second attempt to be vegan as of a week ago, and this was a good book to read right now.
It scared the crap out of me, it infuriated me, it made me sad, and then ultimately it gave me hope. Everyone needs to read this book. His last paragraph sums it up better than I could:

"Far too often, our culture today tells us a tremendous lie. It tells us that we don't, as individuals, make a difference unless we happen to be one of the "rich and
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Sophie
Truly inspiring. I've read many books on this subject, so naturally there is often an overlap of information, but John Robbins has this unique way of expressing himself which is truly enchanting. There is a particular passage at the end of the book which has influenced me greatly - that every one person who makes that change for the better DOES matter. That our compassion makes a big difference in the world, more than we many ever know.
Kate
I thought this book had the right message, and I couldn't agree more with Mr. Robbins' suggestions that a plant-based diet is the healthiest option for good health, an inspirational and ethical lifestyle, and a low-impact carbon footprint.

The reason for my lower rating is that I have read a lot of more scientifically-oriented literature in terms of diet, and Mr. Robbins does gloss over a few of his "footnoted" sources, and for several of which he comes to incorrect conclusions. I understand tha
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Lisa
Didn't read it all, just skimmed it.

A book about why you should be a vegan/vegetarian with commentary on the plight of the US with regards to obesity. Some good points that must be weeded through. Truth tinged by his vegan only views... that's fine but I'm not planning to be a vegan.
Penny
John Robbins just keeps on getting better and better! Published in 2001 he discusses many of the same topics but gives us updated information. Genetic Engineering is a big issue here. The final chapter brought me to tears how each one of us counts with every choice we make.
Lydel
John Robbins has broadened my horizons and enlightened my mind. How many reasons ARE there not to eat meat ? More than you will ever know--unless you read this book. He presents the global perspective, a new
concept for me. Very well done. This gets a '5'.
Sian Powell
I found some of this book difficult to listen to (I had it as an audio book). There were some passages about how animals are treated, which I was already aware of, which were not easy listening. If I had been reading, I would have skimmed the page. I did find some of the book interesting, in particular, how John Robbins himself, walked away from the Baskin and Robbins fortune because of his beliefs. As a result you feel you have to admire his integrity and determination to speak out about what h ...more
dara
Feb 15, 2010 dara rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: read-in-2010, mogo
If I could make you read this book, I would.
Christie
I wasn't too excited about this book because I am not into "SAVE THE PLANET!!!111!!! DON'T EAT MEAT!!!111!!" I don't eat meat/dairy for health/religious reasons. Not contributing to the suffering of animals in the meat/dairy/egg industry is a secondary reason, , and not contributing to the destruction of the environment is more of a side benefit. But I was pleasantly surprised about how interesting it was (and it is written by the son of one of the Baskin-Robbins 31 flavors founders who turned d ...more
Laura
This book is just one more on the path to those that are changing my life and how we as a family live our life and eat. There are so many great facts and comparisons in this book that make it easy and entertaining to read and yet be very informative. The author backs up many (probably most if I really keep track) of his assertions which is apparent in the almost 50 pages of notes cited in the back of the book. This last chapter does a phenomenal job of summing up the best parts of this book.

"So
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Brenna
I didn't finish this book but I did flip to the areas that I had the most questions in. It is great and highly educational I just wish it wasn't as long as it was. It began to feel like a text book and maybe thats because I know most of the facts that Robbins had stacked togethor, it kinda felt like preaching to the choir with me reading it. I reccomend it to those who wish to be more knowledgable on the food industry or if they just want to know the outcomes of what we're putting in our mouths. ...more
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John Robbins is an American author, who popularized the links among nutrition, environmentalism, and animal rights. He is the author of the 1987 Diet for a New America, an exposé on connections between diet, physical health, animal cruelty, and environmentalism.

Robbins is the son of Irma Robbins and Baskin-Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in
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“Your life does matter. It always matters whether you reach out in friendship or lash out in anger. It always matters whether you live with compassion and awareness or whether you succumb to distractions and trivia. It always matters how you treat other people, how you treat animals, and how you treat yourself. It always matters what you do. It always matters what you say. And it always matters what you eat.” 28 likes
“that meat production is the second or third largest contributor to environmental problems at every level and at every scale, from global to local. It is a primary culprit in land degradation, air pollution, water shortage, water pollution, species extinction, loss of biodiversity, and climate change.” 0 likes
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