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.
The whole meat vs plants debate is just another divide and conquer tactic, same as politics, religion, and pretty much every big social issue (gun control, gay rights, abortion). All of these silly, childish spectacles stop us from seeing the true battle this planet faces, which is between the dominating, entropic attitude, vs. the creative, giving attitude. Y'all are so ready to go to war with each other over eating meat or whatever, and never see the puppet masters that continue to get obscenely rich from exploiting the planet (and it's people) in pretty much every way possible.
The author was also interviewed here, which I found very interesting: [...]