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Diet for a New America

How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth
Paperback Book
New World Library
November, 2012
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$26.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

Since the publication in 1987 of Diet for a New America, beef consumption in the U.S. has fallen a remarkable 19 percent—and this book is one of the important contributors to that trend. This new edition includes a new afterword by the author highlighting significant new developments in the relationship between diet and health.

In the first section, Robbins takes an extraordinary look at America’s dependence on animals for food and the often inhumane conditions under which these animals are raised and killed. Asserting that “we are ingesting nightmares for breakfast, lunch and dinner,” Robbins details how livestock is raised under increasingly industrialized conditions by “agribusiness oligopolies.'' Grazing and foraging have given way to debeaking, tail-docking, dehorning and castration, and treatment with pesticides, hormones, growth and appetite stimulants, tranquilizers and antibiotics—which, in turn, are assimilated by humans. The author correlates our “protein obsessed” society with a higher incidence of arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, cancer and other degenerative diseases.

The second section challenges the belief that consuming meat is necessary for optimum health by pointing out the vastly increased rates of disease caused by pesticides, hormones, additives, and other chemicals that are now a routine part of food production. The author shows how the production, preparation, and consumption of food can once again be a healthy process by omitting meat entirely from the food chain.

In the third section, Robbins looks at the global implications of a meat-based diet and concludes that the enormous amount of resources consumed in the production of meat is a major factor in ecological crises.

Diet for a New America is a powerful indictment of our dietary practices that should be read by everyone interested in healthy living. It is well-researched, well-documented, and eye-opening. I recommend this book to patients, friends, and relatives.” —Andrew Weil, M.D., author of Eight Weeks to Optimum Health

Also by John Robbins are The New Good Life and Healthy at 100.

Publisher’s Description: 

John Robbins’ work has been featured in all major print and broadcast media, including a PBS special. He has spoken before groups including Oxfam, UNICEF, The Humane Society, and Physicians for Social Responsibility. He lives near Santa Cruz, CA.

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