Katie | 2/14/2014
" I'm reading this book because I am a seeker of knowledge and I appreciate Truth, even in painful forms. That having been said, this book was not logical at all, and contained twisted truths at best. 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. 69), and had very poor health overall (she mentions alcoholism and mental illness in addition to reproductive and skin disorders, which she apparantly did not seek medical treatment for). She uses this as evidence that humans are meant to eat meat, when in truth, she had been a vegetarian who never ate vegetables. Admittedly, there are vegetarians and vegans out there who share her mistake, but the vast majority have made the decision to go vegetarian because they are highly educated about being conscious consumers and advocates of their own health. 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." (pg. 7) This is a ridiculous concept, and I the vast majority of vegans would be highly offended at being villianized to the extreme of libel.
Instead of argueing the compelling arguments of Dr. Neal Barnard(Physicaians Council of Responsible Medicine) or T. Colin Campbell (The China Study), she instead makes fun of a charicature of the idiot vegan. Her arguments include such concepts as we exploit and kill trees by not eating and pooping out the seeds, as trees intended by making fruit, so we are really raping and killing plant life, therefore, what is the difference if it is a tree or a cow? You can not kill and rape a tree and say that I may not use a cow. She says that deforestation to produce grain is killing our planet and the topsoil, which is the truth, but she doesn't address the fact that 90% of the grain produced goes to feed livestock. She says that if we all ate vegetables, we would have to clear the planet to farm, but the fact is, we already produce more food than could feed twice the people on our planet, we just use it to feed our meat, and the rest sits in the supermarket until it spoils and must be thrown out. Surely you've heard the statistic that it takes 15 lbs of grain to produce 1 lb of beef. She does not address that at all. She mentions it in her introduction, but does not address it.
Anyway, I could write an entire book refuting her uneducated arguments, but the fact is, hundreds of those books are already published. If you are curious, read her viewpoint, but I beg of you, don't abandon logic because you want her to be right. Her arguments just don't stand up. At times they even made me laugh out loud. "
Claire | 2/13/2014
" Keith pretty much sums up my stance on the world (articulated a lot better than me). Agriculture is killing the earth, from the micro-organisms, plants, insects, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, all the way up to us. It relies on fossil fuels. This is why our population has exploded way beyond the carrying capacity of the planet. This work doesn't shy away from "emotional" problems, such as vegans' stance on morality, imperialism, patriarchy, and over-population. These are all issues our society doesn't want to face, as it means radically changing the way we live, do business, view the world and our own spirituality. The one downside (apart from facing our fears and making personal changes) is that I don't believe we will change. I may sound pessimistic, but I honestly don't think humans will ask themselves these questions, let alone be prepared to change, and getting government and business on board, I think, is impossible. We are going to kill ourselves, and everything else in the process. The 3 best things we can do as individuals is: refrain from having children, stop driving, and grow/raise our own food (I, personally, have no issues with the first one, so that's easy. The second I wish I could do as I hate driving. The third, a lot more difficult to achieve). Still, it is an absolutely wonderful book by an amazing woman, and I recommend it to all. "
Kristin | 1/9/2014
" Interesting . . . . still processing. "
ryn | 1/9/2014
" a clear, impassioned, and comprehensive argument that there is no sufficient justification--whether moral, political, nutritional, or otherwise--for a diet based on the industrial agriculture of annual monocrops. this, i would emphasize, includes most standard American diets as much as it does veg[etari]an diets, and so i wish everyone i know (but most especially the veg*ns) would read this book. "
Brian | 6/13/2013
" Wonderful and insightful. Much more than I expected. "
Kyle | 3/9/2013
" In a book with so many arguments and sources in it, I'm sure you can pick at many things that aren't quite right, but the overall message to me appears true and in many cases obvious. Important book for our health both as individuals and as a society, short and a long-term. "
Danielle | 10/5/2012
" The most interesting part for me was about nutritional vegetarians. "