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Diet for a New America by John Robbins
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Oct 21, 2008

it was ok
Recommended to Morgan by: Bark & Grass zine
Recommended for: people who already don't want to eat animal products
Read in January, 1995

The experience of transitioning into veganism was, for me, one of "coming out." Over the course of a week in March of 1993, I stopped wanting to eat dairy, eggs, sugar, chocolate, or anything artificial. I didn't completely know why I was I doing this other than it was what my body needed. The first books I read about veganism were cookbooks that focused on recipes and a smattering of nutrition. I figured I'd get around to learning about the moral, ethical and environmental merits of veganism later, and Diet for a New America was what I turned to. Robbins story is extremely compelling: the heir to the Baskin Robbins ice cream empire gave it all up when he decided that dairy products were evil, and decided to fight for animal-free eating instead. This book lays out the facts about industrial farming, prefaced by some heart-warming passages about how cute and loving and intelligent various species are so as to instill pity in the reader. The result is a bit nauseating in two ways: firstly because of Robbins' whiny "poor piggy" tone, secondly because descriptions of factory farming in the U.S. make the Jewish Holocaust sound like a trip the beach. The attitude expressed in Diet for a New America exemplifies exactly why I rarely take my vegan politics past the kitchen. Experience has shown me that feeding someone horror stories about garbage bags full of baby chicks is less effective than feeding them it's opposite: really good food, whcih happens to be vegan.
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Dustin Carter Did you read past the first section?

Charlotte I don't think she did!

Morgan Yes, I read and read. I'm really glad that Robbins wrote this book and I know that it's an important one for many people's awareness of factory farming in the U.S., but as a member of "the choir," I didn't need to be preached to.

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