Here, the man who started the "food revolution" with the million-plus-selling Diet for a New America, boldly posits that, collectively, our personal diet can save ourselves and the world. If, according to chaos theory, the beating of a butterfly's wing can cause a hurricane in another part of the world, try this out for chaotic cause and effect: monarch butterflies are dying in droves due to genetically-engineered corn growing in the Midwest. There is also a direct correlation between the Big Mac in your hand and the mile-wide river now running across the North Pole. Learn the truth about foods we are eating that are, in Robbins' words, "unsafe on any plate."
©2001 John Robbins (P)2001 Phoenix Books
"The message is enough to scare you straight off processed foods." (AudioFile)
"Well researched and lucidly written... this book is sure to spark discussion and incite readers to examine their food choices." (Publishers Weekly)
"Those who want to know more about vegan diets will gain many insights from his provocative book." (Library Journal)
The information is this book empowers you to make a difference to the current corporate power structure - eg food production and pharmaceuticals, environment, improve personal health, and animal welfare - all by choosing what food you put into your mouth.
Made me sad about the state of the world but hopeful that individuals can make a difference.
Buy it or borrow it and listen or read. Then make the changes...
Although I agree with the overall idea of the book, its a bit preachy & I don't agree that being a vegan is better for you than not, so I found this book a little difficult
"One of the most important books you'll ever read!"
The most amazing experience with this book was the eye-opening information on how we learn about health throughout our lives! If you want to live healthy and lose weight - READ THIS BOOK!
Another worthwhile book to read besides this one is The China Study
The Food Revolution inspired me to help the world by changing my own diet - it's incredible what an impact our own food choices have not only on our own health but the entire world and starving people on other parts of our planet!
Love, love, love, love this book!
"The Revolution That Is A Wake Up Call"
It ranks at the top 3.
It works effectively as a precursor or a follow up to the The China Study by T. Collin Campbell.
Robbins brings more inflection and passion to his written words.
This book can and has changed lives for the better. There is so much going on in the food industry that the average person is not aware of. Robbins doesn't throw out glittering generalites. In the printed book, he presents his information and backs it with scientific findings from an exhaustive number of footnotes. This is important to note since you don't realize this just from the audio book alone. The information is solid and thankfully he is helping to heal the planet, one reader at a time.
"Good but filled with repetitive lofty rhetoric "
I enjoyed the book and feel it was well researched and organized, but the constant repituous sermon prose was very irritating.
"A real eye opener"
First I read How Not To Die, then The China Study. Now The Food Revolution. They have all been so informative. This one is especially an eye opener. I never thought I would become a vegetarian; certainly not a vegan. but when my 23 yr old son decided to give up animal products to lower his cholesterol, I became concerned about the usual misconceptions. Was he getting enough protein and calcium? He was already thin and at first he dropped weight quickly. I was sure he was losing muscle mass. So I ordered these books to learn how to support him and help him get adequate nutrition. Now I'm eating a whole food, plant based diet with him. His weight has leveled off and his cholesterol numbers are improving. I no longer believe the false advertising and lies of the dairy, meat, fast food and even the agricultural industries I am so grateful to have found doctors who are doing all they can to spread the truth. Thanks to this book I now understand that it is not only healthy for humans to consume a Whole Food, Plant Based Diet, but it is also healthier for our planet. I don't know how much of an impact I alone can have on helping our planet, but I believe I am about to change my own future and I feel responsible for doing whatever I can to improve the future of this planet which does all it can to sustain us. it's the least I can do.
"Robins points out the truth of Food Industry"
I have much respect for Robins who could of sold out to riches that his dad made making ice cream instead he chose to find the truth behind the lies of the dairy, meat, poultry and chemical companies that poison our crops with GMO. Truly a must read among so much misinformation on diets which he backs up with references.
This book is full of warnings I've heard throughout my life, but it's got them all packaged in 1 rhetorically charged combination. It definitely solidified some of my thoughts gm foods, and made me really re-think some of my other dietary choices.
Another great book on the myriad benefits of a whole foods plant based diet. I really wish this message would get out there more. The world would be a far better place. People would be dramatically healthier. The environment would substantially improve. And many millions of sentient intelligent animals would not spend their entire short lives in tortured misery.
Outstanding book. Highly recommended.
Excellent book!! Eye-opening and informative. Even though it was written some time ago it still rings true in today'world. We need to make changes, not only for our own health but for the health of the world we live in. It appears very much like industrialized humans are the cancer on our planet. And if we don't change the way we think, eat and respect our environment then the human race will, for different reasons, follow the same path as the dinosaurs.
"Great info. Too extremist"
Even when I think all the information in the book good and true, I didn't like how extremist and redundant it was at times.
"Some info outdated, but overall wonderful"
John Robbins literally turned his back on the lineage of the Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream fortune and carved a path of health for humanity. This is not a book on how to be vegan (or vegetarian, or whole food / plant based) but rather one that explores the ethics of food and food production. More philosophical than the works of Joel Fuhrman, T. Colin Campbell, etc, he asks the hard questions and calls us to listen to conscience rather that advocating a certain meal plan. Health issues aside, the Standard American Diet (SAD) is laden with substances than can compromise health rather than enhance it. While some of the info needs to be updated (the book is over 10 years old, published in 2001), the basic tenants remain. An excellent adjunct to the China Study, and other tomes about how to really improve health and vitality using foods that nurture rather than harm the body. Bravo, Mr. Robbins... keep up the good work!
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