The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability
by Lierre Keith
AVAILABILITY: Readily Available
Publication Date: May 2009
Publisher: PM Press & Flashpoint Press
Description: 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.
Part memoir, nutritional primer, and political manifesto, this controversial examination exposes the destructive history of agriculture—which has caused the devastation of prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil—and asserts that, in order to save the planet, food must come from within living communities. In order for this to happen, the argument champions eating locally and sustainably and encourages those with the resources to grow their own food. 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. Through the deeply personal narrative of someone who practiced veganism for 20 years, this unique exploration also discusses alternatives to industrial farming, reveals the risks of a vegan diet, and explains why animals belong on ecologically sound farms.
Lierre Keith is a writer, a farmer, and a feminist activist. She is the author of the novels 'Conditions of War' and 'Skyler Gabriel'. She lives in Northern California.
Review(s): "'The Vegetarian Myth' is one of the most important books people, masses of them, can read, as we try with all our might, intelligence, skill, hope, dream and memory, to turn the disastrous course the planet is on. It's a wonderful book, full of thoughtful, soulful teachings, and appropriate rage. My admiration for Lierre's sharing of life experience and knowledge is complete." - Alice Walker
"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 who eats should read this book. Everyone who eats vegetarian should memorize it. … This is the single most important book I've ever read on diet, agriculture, and ecology. And as a farmer and ex-vegan, that's saying a lot." - Aric McBay, author of 'What We Leave Behind' and 'Peak Oil Survival'