Actually we talk about meat and if it deserves the entire negative press it gets. [2][3] Keith also considers modern agriculture to be the root cause of slavery, imperialism, militarism, chronic hunger and disease. A quick look at the online reviews will tell you the same thing - people are worked up about this thing. She does have valuable/insightful things to say here - on history, on human populations, on exploitation, on life and death itself - but it's difficult to take her supporting facts at face value. . That having been said, this book was not logical at all, and contained twisted truths at best. The key point Lierre makes is that we cannot equate the horrors of factory farming with the act of eating meat. 5 stars: 1: 4 stars: 2: 3 stars: 1: 2 stars: 3: 1 star: 0: LibraryThing Review User Review - jimocracy - LibraryThing. It destroyed her body and damaged her mental health. --www.mercola.com --Alice Walker, alicewalkersgarden.com show more Advertisement. This week we look back on some past episodes and ask, "Where’s the beef?" (I reviewed this book back in the fall on my blog. Bill Gates, tech pioneer, co-founder of Microsoft, and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is an avid reader who people follow... Part memoir, nutritional primer, and political manifesto, this controversial examination exposes the destructive history of agriculturecausing the devastation of prairies and forests, driving countless species extinct, altering the climate, and destroying the topsoiland asserts that, in order to save the planet, food must come from within living communities. That's essentially the premise of this book-a 20+ year vegan finds it impossible to keep denying that meat is a natural part of the human diet and that it's certainly more "natural" than the heavily processed grains and crops that vegans eat. Her spine has irreparably degenerated, and is a source of chronic pain. I do see some vegetarian reasonings explained thoughtfully and not attacking the meat industry). Her solution is sustainable farming and agriculture, harkening back to the dawn of domesticated animals. The Vegetarian Myth Debunked Conclusion I honestly feel sorry for the author. Lierre Keith, author of the Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, speaks to members of the AS Environmental Club at Western Washington University April 21, 2010, the day before Earth Day. A very worthwhile immersion." The flaws I have the background to identify primarily fall under the heading of taking the more science-y sounding claims of organic agriculture, resilient agriculture, and permaculture too seriously. The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability (Audio Download): Amazon.co.uk: Lierre Keith, Joyce Bean, Brilliance Audio: Books This is an anti-vegan book which will be a difficult book for vegans to read. Myth: Vegetarian diets are always low in fat. Get ready for my longest review ever. Start by marking “The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Lierre Keith believed in that plant-based diet and spent twenty years as a vegan. Until I find a superior book (which I hope will be easy to find)I would recommend conscious omnivores and vegetarians alike to read this book. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The key point Lierre makes is that we cannot equate the horrors of factory farming with the act of eating meat. For one thing, she totally skewers the claims that eating a grain-based diet is better for the environment. Of course, factory farming is brutal but using animal products (including digestion of their flesh) is not torture. The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, was one such book. I've always felt that there is nothing more impressive than seeing someone turn over a long held belief in light of new evidence. I used to be vegetarian in my younger days, and I remember hearing that a huge amount of grain had to be fed to a cow to bring it to maturity, and that this was incredibly wasteful. The Vegetarian Myth We’ve been told that a vegetarian diet can feed the hungry, honor the animals, and save the planet. The destruction of topsoil and entire ecosystems on behalf of wheat, barley, corn, etc. These reasons include both harm to the self and harm to the planet. But we don't let cattle freely graze because we need the land for agriculture, and since corn is so cheap to grow, it's given to the cattle instead of grass. I've always felt that there is nothing more impressive than seeing someone turn over a long held belief in light of new evidence. “They need nitrogen, they need minerals. The examples given are highly emotional, yet utterly ridiculous anecdotal evidence that the author was a non-educated vegan, and instead of eating healthy, whole foods, she admittedly ate bread for every meal (pg. Author: Lierre Keith. And now she wants to let everyone know how she, and the vegetarians still practicing, got it all wrong. Further examining the question of what to eat from the perspective of both human and environmental health, the account goes beyond health choices and discusses potential moral issues from eating—or not eating—animals. The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability is a 2009 book by Lierre Keith. Listen as Lierre discusses her background and experiences that led her to writing the book. Well-researched and well-written, this book makes a good case for why not to be a vegetarian. Get Started. And if you feel like following what I expect will be a lively conversation, I'm also going to post it on ourmotherskeeper.com. Nicola Reilly interviews Lierre Keith, author of the book The Vegetarian Myth. Visit our interactive symptom checker. "In The Vegetarian Myth ex-vegan Lierre Keith argues that saving the planet and ending the suffering found in factory farms can not be achieved by refusing to eat animals, it can only be achieved by boycotting modern agricultural practices, which Keith calls 'the most destructive thing that people have done to the planet.'" March 31, 2016. It seemed it would be a bit more level-headed and information-based, rather than an extremist point of view that we sometimes see on the vegetarian side AND the carnivorous side (keyword: sometimes. She correctly argues that agriculture, especially since WWII, is destroying the environment, so that when the oil runs out, the whole system collapses. I've rolled back my grain and carb consumption since I read this and felt shockingly better. Lately I have been interested in books about the ways we obtain, prepare, and eat our food. She attempts to make vegetarians looks like bumbling idiots, by making arguments like vegetarians think "Someone should build a fence down the middle of the Serengeti, and divide the predators from the prey." --Alice Walker, alicewalkersgarden.com ver más Interviews, Podcast. Lierre Keith on the Nutrition Heretic Podcast. She correctly argues that agriculture, especially since WWII, is destroying the environment, so that when the oil runs out, the whole system collapses. The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability. In all cases, she presents as fact information which is, at best, in heavy dispute. Adrienne Hew. Keith is an ex-vegan who believes veganism has damaged her health and others'. This book took me by surprise, to put it mildly. Your choices are fossil fuels or animal products.”. You have to replace what you’re taking out. It's just nature. 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