Originally published in 1987, Diet for a New America awakened the conscience of a nation with its startling examination of the food we buy and eat — and the moral, economic, and medical price we pay for it. Drawing a clear line connecting America’s factory farm system with disease, animal cruelty, and ecological crises, Robbins makes perhaps the most eloquent argument for vegetarianism ever published. Robbins walked away from his family’s business — the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire — to pursue his dream of promoting a healthy society that practices “compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem.” In Diet for a New America he presents both a disturbing portrait of our current system and a vision for the future that will educate and empower readers to change.
Published: New World Library on Oct 23, 2012
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recommended for: compassionate people, vegetarians, everyoneThis is the book that introduced me to veganism. It makes compelling arguments for eliminating animal products, and happily living on all plant products for all you consume. Talks about the ramifications of animal vs. plant products concentrating on 3 aspects: for the animals, for the earth, for human health. If you care about the future of the earth and its inhabitants, you'll be interested in this book.more
I rarely put FIVE stars on a book. This one is brave, brilliant, and will change the nastier parts of our world immediately. I dare anyone to read, for but one example, the chapter on "the most unjustly maligned of all Animals", without feeling that life change-up.The author, John Robbins, presents the facts about our diet and the relationship between what we are "consuming" and the rising incidence of cancer, diabetes, and heart attacks. The author simply takes us on a fact-found tour of our food. The book does not sermonize or condemn the modern concentrated business combines that have destroyed our hopes for robust health and humane lives. However, he empowers a new life of sanity and care. We all share the author's values -- "Eating should be a pleasure". [xv] Stop eating food that has been injected by the worst drug-pushers, is manufactured by torture, kills even the soil of our planet, and poisons all who eat it. The billion-dollar lobbyists who represent the trillion-dollar Food Industry, and who continue to corrupt those who we elect to protect our welfare, are frauds.* The author is the "Robbins" of Baskin-Robbins and speaks as an insider from personal experience as well as access to the original research and science. He is now a vegetarian and a lover of Nature.more
Robbins' pet project filled with pseudo-science and touches of corn-syrup sympathy, disconnected anecdotes and studies that provide no narrative or proofs. An easy pitfall for newborn vegans written by the idle, selectively reclusive trust-fund son of the latter half of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream tycoon, best known to locals of the Santa Cruz mountains for his nuts-and-berries diet and full days of Ultimate Frisbee. Jump to your own conclusion about motive and authority.more
A brilliant beginning for John Robbins. I have read all of his other books and they have the same attention to detail, well researched material, and easy-to-read format. Even with outdated source material, it is still a great read as I feel that this is information everyone needs to know. I recommend this as well as his other works.more
Helped me make the switch to being a Vegetarian. I wondered if all of what he said has been supported by Science since the release of the book 10 years ago - but even if 50% of it is true, it was good enough for me! If 100% of it is true, then eating meat causes everything bad you can think of!! Where's my Green Beans??!!more
I recommend this book to every person who eats. Most of us no longer grow our own fruits,vegetables and grains. For the most part, we do not hunt and kill and butcher our own meat. We rely upon a massive food industry, corporate farms, slaughterhouses, meat packing plants and canning factories. Something that is essential to our very lives, to the continuance of our species, and the welfare of our fragile spaceship, Earth, we leave entirely in the hands of someone else. We give that huge power our complete trust and we naively believe that we are protected by the food laws of our government.I say this. If you need to eat and be nourished you should be responsible enough to understand how this critical need is being met, what it costs and who pays. This book is the best I have ever seen on the subject and its effect on me was similar to the effect that "The Jungle" had when I first read that powerhouse of a book so long ago in my high school days. However, this book gave me a stronger feeling that I could do something personally to change the way things are. Written by the scion of the Robbins family of Baskin-Robbins icecream fame, this well-researched book not only exposes the vile conditions that "food" animals experience and the horrors of chemical farming but it draws a holistic picture about our place in the earth's future. You don't have to be an animal rights activist or a vegan or vegetarian to benefit from this book. You may think that bothering about the foods you eat when you have such a busy and complex life is a waste of your time, but one of the things that we all share, that is fundamental to life itself, is the fact that we have to eat. So why not take this opportunity to understand the repercussions and ramifications of an act that you probably do several times every day?This book might make you angry, sad, disgusted, and worried, but it will also give you ideas on how to help and heal. I honestly feel that anyone who loves the children that they feed, who cherishes their own body through whose senses they enjoy life, or who calls themselves a friend to animals and the environment should read this book because it is a great aid in helping one to conduct oneself with dignity and responsibility and compassion in a world where many have become far too trusting of the corporate hand that feeds us.more
This book had a powerful effect on the way I think about food, nutrition and health. I highly recommend this for everyone who can read. Really. Not just about factory farms, but about what this food is doing to our bodies, how it makes us feel. Almost every health problem we have today can be cured or improved with changing to a whole natural diet. This book is amazing.more
Once in a while one comes across a book that can change one's paradigm, this book did that for me.After reading 'Diet for a New America', I stopped eating meat. That was in the early 90's. I did it originally because I couldn't stand the way factory farmed animals are treated. But the frosting on the cake, so to speak, is that my health improved!I thank Mr. Robbins for this educational book and for being true to his convictions.more
not surprisingly, there's a fair amount of tugging on the heartstrings and things that lean a little to close to propaganda for my comfort in this book. this said, if even 1/100th of what is said is true, i'm going to have a really hard time eating meat.more
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