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.
"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)
As a recovering vegan/vegetarian, i can appreciate the perspective this book has to offer, but this is much more than the title suggests. I learned a lot about life, death, gardening, power, ecology and much more. I think i'll be listening to it again right now.
with the premise that something must die so I can eat even if I'm eating plant based foods. The feminist rant got old and I quit the book halfway through.
I enjoyed a different view. That said, there where too many random facts without enough data to really believe all the stories. There was constant bashing of men, which some is deserved but just doesn't match with the theme of the book.
Deal with millions of Chicks, for a living. Photographer. Traveller, Tech Buff, love APPLE, Steve Jobs.
Two things about this book, gives the downsides of Veganism and also paints a pictures of absurdity of such lifestyle. Of course those who know me wouldn't be surprised 😜
Second thing is the solutions are not practical & doable. Very idealistic
I would recommend this book to anyone who is or is contemplating becoming vegan or vegetarian. I would also recommend this book to those who have friends or family who are vegan or vegetarian. I would recommend this book to healthcare professionals and nutritionals who work with those with eating disorders. I would not recommend this book to those who cannot filter out Ms. Keith's constant negativity, radical feminism, atheism (maybe it's paganism)
Ms. Keith constantly harks back to her radical feminist (masculine hating) views. Who is she to tell me to "get a vasectomy?" Who is she to tell me there is no God, there is no creator? Does she not know that the much quoted and admired Joel Salatin is a Christian who believes in the right to life, having lots of kids and only hires the clean cut, all American kids for his apprenticeship program?
The friend who invited Lierri to dinner and forgot twice ... "does eating soy really cause memory loss?"
Glenn Close ... as she appeared in "101 Dalmatians" Only replace the word "puppies" with "men"
By the end of the book I felt sorry for Ms. Keith. First because of the physical ailments 20 years of veganism gave her but also because of the obvious fractured psychological, mental and spiritual ethos. She says her physical ailments will never fully heal but she fails to recognize that her anger and hatred towards the masculine may be other side effects of the 20 years a vegan. She says it herself ... Clinical studies in rigorously controlled environments have also fount that low-fat diets increase anger, depression and anxiety. Low cholesterol levels occur more often amongst criminals, individuals diagnosed with violent and aggressive conduct disorders homicidal offenders ...(and so on)." Maybe one could add men hating feminist / environmentalist?
Probably! I've read it once, then listen it a second time. There is a lot of great information and the author presents some angles I've never thought about before.
It just feels like she wrote the book herself! SHe could have fooled me.
Are you crazy! This is way too dense! You need to listen to it bit by bit and process it between sittings.
The bias of the author obvious and said from the beginning. If most of the information is good, it makes you wonder about some of the conclusions the author comes to with the actual evidence. It always feels like she is trying to convince you instead of just lying down the facts. So great book, but make sure your critical thinking switch is on at all time, doubt everything the author says and double check the evidence before making up your mind or talking about it with other people!
The Vegetarian myth is a book that is full of passion and honesty. The topic was covered in every possible way, and the author's personal story added to my interest. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
The fact that this book is written by a former vegetarian/vegan, and not someone who has never tried the lifestyle and eating style that is being criticized and dissected.
Too many eye-opening truths to pick out just one.
The narrator made this very long book very easy to listen to.
While I've never been a vegan or vegetarian, I've always had in the back of my mind that this would be a more moral way to live, not to mention healthier. I am so glad that I decided to read this book before making such a drastic change in my lifestyle. The truths that the author presents were most eye-opening, as they were either things I had never considered, or were in fact exactly the opposite of what I had previously believed. If you or someone you know is considering diving into a plant-based diet lifestyle, please take a look at the information so well presented in this book.
Like it - gives new perspectives and counter some beliefs.
Good to hear what author went through to get to her standpoint.
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