Diet for a New America
How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness, and the Future of Life on Earth
by John Robbins; 1987; 423 pages
Diet for a New America is considered by many to be the bible of vegetarianism because it’s both incredibly comprehensive and deeply moving. While some vegetarian books cover only factory farming, or health & nutrition, or environmental benefits of vegetarian diets, Robbins covers all three. What’s more, the content has been meticulously researched, with Robbins offering dozens of pages of footnotes. If you’re looking for a book with solid, hard proof of how vegetarians easily get plenty of protein, why meat is the #1 killer in the U.S., or how badly farm animals are treated, you won’t do better than this volume. Diet for a New America has been credited with launching the second wave of vegetarianism in the U.S. when it was published (and nominated for a Pulitzer) in 1987. It’s still timely today. If you read one book in your life, read this one.
Even though this book was written in 1987, there is not much that has changed in the way we are treating animals and our food policies have gotten even worse. This book changed my life, my way of thinking and my health. My overall connection to the earth has been enlightened by reading this book.