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We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. But in The Vegetarian Myth, she argues that we’ve been led astray - not by our longings for a just and sustainable world, but by our ignorance.
The truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil - the basis of life itself. Keith argues that if we are to save this planet, our food must be an act of profound and abiding repair: it must come from inside living communities, not be imposed across them. Part memoir, part nutritional primer, and part political manifesto, The Vegetarian Myth will challenge everything you thought you knew about food politics.
©2009 Lierre Keith (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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"Lierre Keith’s book is beyond fantastic." (Dr. Michael Eades, author of Protein Power)
"This book saved my life. Not only does The Vegetarian Myth make clear how we should be eating, but also how the dominant food system is killing the planet. This necessary book challenges many of the destructive myths we live by and offers us a way back into our bodies, and back into the fight to save the planet." (Derrick Jensen, author of Endgame and A Language Older Than Words
"Everyone interested in healthy eating should be grateful to Lierre Keith." (Sally Fallon Morell, President, The Weston A. Price Foundation)
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By J. S. White on 02-19-12

Interesting take on sustainability

The author has a very interesting take on agriculture and sustainability. I think her expressed hatred of "masculinity" detracts from the other messages. In all of her assertions about "adult knowledge" and "accepting truths" and "evolutionary truths", she seems to have completely missed that we, too, men and women, are the products of evolution, and like our primate relatives, males tend to be bigger and more aggressive because those are the ones that reproduced the most - evolution in action. Not saying we're slaves to it, but if we don't acknowledge it, we can't effectively develop non-harmful means of expressing it. if we assume that it's all socialization, we'll spend our time 'fixing' the wrong problem.

She also engages in hyperbole (I hope) or ignorance (perhaps) or just plain lying (I hope not). The melting of the polar ice caps might release all that sequestered methane, but there's no current model I'm aware of that has the Earth looking like Venus. She also still seems to think that petroleum is from dinosaurs; yeah, we were taught that, but now we know it's probably not true - why doesn't she? There were quite a few 'facts' of this sort.

That said, when I've researched other claims, I find much important information. For instance, despite the epidemiological studies' claims, when scientists engage in causal studies comparing diets rich in animal fats vs low-fat diets, the low-carb diets usually win. I know weight loss results have been mixed, but health studies (like a recent study that compared low carb vs low fat for treatment of metabolic syndrome) the low-carb diet had profoundly better outcomes.

I was surprised to discover that grains do, indeed, contain opioids, and in quantities sufficient to cause some people to have issues with them specifically. Interesting stuff.

I don't know that I accept her assertion that the only answer is a return to some hunter-gatherer luddite pseudo paradise, but I think she makes good arguments for population control, re-factoring of the "food pyramid", and an effort to approach some form of long-term sustainable living.

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By Connor on 07-09-15

A very well researched perspective that is vital to understand

I recommend this book to anybody who wants to learn how to create a truly sustainable paradigm on this earth. I was a vegan, and I ate my first meal of grass fed beef today. Not simply because I realize it is healthier for my body, but because I realize it is healthier for this planet. Both industrial agriculture and industrial animal agriculture must stop. Not eating meat only eliminates one of these problems, allowing monocrop's to take over the world and destroy its topsoil.

Stop buying soy and industrially produced grains, if you don't, you are simply contributing to the bottom lines of the most abusive corporations on the planet, because they are the largest share holders in many organic and vegan food companies.

Read this book!

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By julien on 09-30-17

needs a sequel called "the feminism myth"

this book is very important, the scope of its subject is phenomenal, a proper eye opener regarding our food, how we produce it, our society and everything that is wrong about it. I have learned a lot and i recommend it to everyone around me.

however, the author is a recovering vegan feminist, and while she made the backbone of her reflexion about all the things that are wrong with veganism, she hasn't managed to apply the same principles of scientifique enquiry and intellectual honesty to feminism.

Apparently, all the terrible things she pointed out throughout the book are the result of the patriarcal society and toxic masculinity. its actually strange that, having done all the work to see the fallacy of vegan fanatism, she can't go that extra step and realise that she is again clinging to simple solutions to complexe problems, finding a convenient culprit to blame. at no point does she even consider that the human social structure might also be rooted in a 3 million years evolutionary journey...

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By J. Crawford on 09-04-17

a must read

this book addressed the truth, not the cultish ideals that is usually .perpetuated. But that said, she lost me when she blamed Men for all that's wrong with the world.

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By Matt on 05-30-16

Too much opinion

If Lierre stuck to the points backed up by research, this would have been 5/5.

Her hatred of the mythical patriarchy resulted in opinions dominating facts when discussing her views on this "male dominated world".

It's a shame as this reduces the credibility of an otherwise outstanding book.

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By Amazon Customer on 01-10-17

Enlightening

I loved this book. Particularly the section on nutrition. I will be reading it again.

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