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

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The man who started the food revolution with the groundbreaking Diet for a New America now boldly posits that, collectively, our personal diet can save ourselves and the world. Robbins argues for adopting a vegetarian diet for personal wellbeing as well as for the wellbeing of the planet. Photos, charts & tables.
Paperback, 449 pages
Published July 11th 2001 by Conari Pr (first published 2001)
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Oct 21, 2009 Lee rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 14, 2008 Damien rated it really liked it
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.
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Jul 09, 2007 Nate rated it it was amazing
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?
Mar 19, 2008 Lucinda rated it liked it
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
Rindy Girl
Aug 02, 2007 Rindy Girl rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 20, 2007 cheryl rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 26, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 22, 2009 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
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.
Ethan Fixell
Aug 01, 2007 Ethan Fixell rated it it was amazing
changed my life. really. best health book of all time.
Pax Gethen
May 05, 2010 Pax Gethen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vegan, vegetarian
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
Alan Scott
Dec 17, 2008 Alan Scott rated it really liked it
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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
Jon Gauthier
Feb 07, 2016 Jon Gauthier rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who are lucky enough to be picky about what they eat
Shelves: health
Robbins comes off as a bit of a fanatic in The Food Revolution. He first states facts which are surprising and certainly worth serious discussion. I would've appreciated a briefer book that left off there. But Robbins also persistently pelts the reader with dramatic personal tales, apparently chosen to reinforce his own image as a trustworthy and unbiased source. They do the opposite for me.

I don't mean to suggest that his "facts" are not true. Some of these results seem pretty overwhelmingly cl
Feb 20, 2011 Diana rated it did not like it
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.
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....
Oct 17, 2010 Aubrey rated it it was amazing
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."
Christine Kenney
Jan 09, 2017 Christine Kenney rated it liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Christine by: Vlad
I'm glad I read this book and would encourage others to do the same. Robbins provides the most comprehensive review of the myriad issues at stake that I have ever come across. That said, I try reserve 4+ star ratings for books I plan to read repeatedly. This book seems like it serves more as a starting point and empowers readers to dive deeper into other books and documentaries on the topics they found most disturbing periodically when life gets hectic and diet decisions get sloppy.

Things that
Aug 30, 2009 Kimmay rated it it was amazing
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
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
Feb 06, 2011 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 12, 2008 Hanna rated it it was amazing
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
Andreas Michaelides
This book along with Diet for a new America, presents and analyses and shows why our health and the planets health is in this awful situation, it pin points exactly what’s wrong with everything that is wrong and its our meat eating habits.
The solution is become a vegetarian, even better become a Vegan.
Amazing book full of positive energy and information’s. A must have for everyone that wants to learn how to save his/her health and the planets and for those who already doing it, ways and argumen
Amy Boyett
Mar 11, 2010 Amy Boyett rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 07, 2009 Sophie rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 21, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it
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.
Aug 18, 2009 Penny rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 16, 2011 Paul is currently reading it
4 chapters down. favorite point so far was that so much is sent in advertising for cancer - for example in the UK with have race for life to raise awareness for breast cancer - yet how many women get screened? and its the message lost in the hype of the advertising...?
Mar 27, 2009 Lydel rated it it was amazing
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'.
Jan 08, 2010 dara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: read-in-2010, mogo
If I could make you read this book, I would.
Jun 23, 2017 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: food, health
A well written and referenced manifesto and follow up to Diet for a New America. I greatly appreciate the stark contrast between what industry and Cattleman Association state with no evidence and clear scientific references. I do see lots of references of for statements from non-scientific journals and, so, would be interested to see what scientific support we really have, rather than other referencing books by like-minded people. Supporting an argument with an opinion is not very strong; althou ...more
Jun 22, 2017 Joe rated it it was amazing
The Food Revolution is an incredibly important book. While I've read much of the content in other books, it is succinct and brings that information into an well-researched book. While I believe that the book is very much about adopting a vegetarian diet, it also shines a light on the dangers of Genetically Modified food, which veganism / vegetarianism will not solve alone. We must be intentional about the food that we eat.

After reading this book, and being exposed to all the lies that the corpor
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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.” 30 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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