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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: PM PRESS; ENVI edition (4 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604860804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604860801
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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346 of 376 people found the following review helpful By A. Perri on 5 Jun. 2010
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I want to be clear about a few things:

1) I am a female.
2) I give the idea of this book 5 stars, but its execution 1.
3) I have been a radical vegan, a rabid meat-eater and everything in between (currently in the in-between)
4) I am working on an archaeological PhD on hunter-gatherer diets, subsistence, hunting and transition to agriculture.

I picked this book up after reading Jonathan Safran Foer's "Eating Animals". I thought it would be interesting to read a different perspective on the vegetarian debate. I found Safran Foer's book to be much more geared towards the inhumane practices of meat while Keith's book is geared more towards diet/health.

I admit that it took a very long time for me to get through this book, for several reasons. I purchased this book hoping to get something out of it. I am not an upset vegan who wants to hate it and I am not someone who bought it knowing Id love it. I was just neutral. There were two main reasons for my disappointment with the book. One minor, one major. First, I found the second agendas (specifically the radical feminism) distracting and unnecessary. I have nothing against the feminist agenda, but this wasnt the place to put it. Second, I found the book absolutely riddled with bad information, faulty facts and just plain lazy research (if you can call it 'research'). As someone who intensively researches these issues on a daily basis, I found myself underlining items on nearly every page that I knew were just plain untrue or were 'cherry-picked' facts slanted to give a certain perception. This is such a disappointment as a really great case could be made for the author's view if she had only put the real work into researching the book properly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WILLERVAL on 20 April 2014
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Sorry for my english I am french. I liked the book for the fact that it is full of scientific facts in environmental science, and well referenced. For people that think that vegetarism is systematically the best choice for ecology (or for health), it opens the discussion clearly and gives real and scientific arguments against. Now, I didn't like few other things : first, because the author is apparently now having a paleo-diet (mostly animal products from animal raised on pastures in her case), after she was a vegan for 20 years, this book is missing facts about bad sides of this paleo-diet, and not so objective on this side. In a way, it is a little bit like leaving an extreme diet for another extreme diet, I felt that she could have written the same book about veganism few years after she turned vegan. The other thing I didn't like is linked to this : the author put a lot of feelings in her book (which I completely understand she has and she wants to express, after her experience), and she often uses expressions like she was talking to a vegan or a vegetarian and trying to convince him or her that this is a terrible diet. I did'nt really like it and I don't know if it is so efficient to convince people. Finaly, she writes it at the beginning but it is good to write again : she is really promoting animal sustainable-farming, raised on pastures, not from grain (which is effectively known to be much better quality for health, and uncomparable for ecology and ethic that industrial products or even "natural" products of animals raised on grain), and she is not promoting at all the industrial animal farming, not for health, not for ethic, not for ecology (which I completely agree).
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carl on 19 Feb. 2014
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It's such a shame that so many angry vegans are leaving poor comments here, and even the more intelligent and thoughtful negative reviews seem to miss the point of the book entirely.

I'm wondering if some of you negative reviewers read the same book I did, or even truly READ the book at all (instead of feeling emotionally attacked, shutting off critical thinking, and reading what you want to read).

Without going in and nitpicking tiny issues, I found the general gist of the book to be spot on. In a nutshell: We are destroying the resources of our planet, and have been ever since we started planting annual monocrops and exploding in population. The solution is to learn to live in harmony with the planet once again. Obviously, this will never happen without another major societal collapse like the fall of Rome, which incidentally, is just around where we currently are on the historical cycle.

The book is not an attack on those of you who choose to eat a diet of soy, corn, and wheat, but to believe you're saving the planet is simply to fall for another lie perpetrated by the powers that be. Everything in this world eats and is eaten, in a fascinating, complex cycle that can seem beautiful or horrible depending on your level of maturity. But it is what it is.

Humans can either learn to take a wise place in this cycle, or we can continue to impose our childish will upon the universe, and our so-called "civilization" will soon be nothing but a dream in the past. The real horrifying truth is that agriculture, whether vegan or carnivorous, is fundamentally unsustainable in the way it is currently practiced.
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