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The Vegetarian Myth

Food, Justice, and Sustainability
Narrated by: Joyce Bean
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
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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.

The truth is that agriculture is a relentless assault against the planet, and more of the same won’t save us. In service to annual grains, humans have devastated prairies and forests, driven countless species extinct, altered the climate, and destroyed the topsoil - the basis of life itself. Keith argues that if we are to save this planet, our food must be an act of profound and abiding repair: it must come from inside living communities, not be imposed across them. Part memoir, part nutritional primer, and part political manifesto, The Vegetarian Myth will challenge everything you thought you knew about food politics.

©2009 Lierre Keith (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Lierre Keith’s book is beyond fantastic." (Dr. Michael Eades, author of Protein Power)
"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 interested in healthy eating should be grateful to Lierre Keith." (Sally Fallon Morell, President, The Weston A. Price Foundation)

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Too much opinion

If Lierre stuck to the points backed up by research, this would have been 5/5.

Her hatred of the mythical patriarchy resulted in opinions dominating facts when discussing her views on this "male dominated world".

It's a shame as this reduces the credibility of an otherwise outstanding book.

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Absolute Rubbish Zero Credibility

This women, who was never a vegetarian, is heard in an interview to say during her vegan days she ate eggs and some types of dairy. To say she lacks credibility is a massive understatement and the number of basic known facts she gets wrong only adds to the frustration of realising this book being a waste of my money and time.

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Boring, Fake, Pseudoscience

Just take a look at the citations, Wikipedia?! Are you for real? I was hoping for a genuine look to disprove Veganism and show some arguments against it, but this book is just full of fake “bro science”, and other claims that can’t be backed up. And it just drags and drags and doesn’t really make any strong points. Good luck getting through it, even on fast forward.
Give it a miss...

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An excellent and life-changing read

I was vegetarian/vegan for 17 years and never really felt well. I gave up that way of eating 18 years ago and haven't looked back. This book explains why I experienced what I did and why so many others do too. I used to be vegetarian because I thought I was helping the planet and my health. How wrong I was.
An excellent, well-written book.

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Brilliant

Searching, piercing, knowledgeable. That was what I was looking for, to test the vegetarian narrative that I suspected had fierce political drivers. I had begun to question the information modelling I had been persuaded by in the vegetarian discourse and their political platforms, simply because it was too neat and insufficiently searching about other areas (like our lifestyles and so many narrative conflicts). I also saw people on meat for long and short periods with incredible reversals in serious diseases and conditions, and thought, "ok,what has this woman to say? How thorough is she, will she be utopian and ignoring the whole story?" Suffice to say, I am very impressed. Impressed with her depth of challenge, enquiry, and empathy in dealing with a question that is big enough to divide some friends and families! Excellent book, great on audio too.

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An excellent study on the subject of veganism

Lierre does a great job bringing together the various “inconvenient truths” surrounding vegetarianism and veganism. The book is well organised, thorough but concise, and the overall story is punctuated by interesting facts and tangible evidence (useful for those persuaded only by sound arguments and not emotion). However, while I do understand her wish to provide a comprehensive overview of the issue by linking her argument to feminist ideologies (i.e., patriarchy’s overarching influence on our food supply; see approximately 2:23:30 for an example) and spirituality (i.e., discussions around the consciousness of plants), I felt that this was potentially confusing or irrelevant to the reader and took away from the main thesis of the book. Overall, an excellent read (or listen).

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Enlightening

I loved this book. Particularly the section on nutrition. I will be reading it again.

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  • julien
  • 30-09-2017

needs a sequel called "the feminism myth"

this book is very important, the scope of its subject is phenomenal, a proper eye opener regarding our food, how we produce it, our society and everything that is wrong about it. I have learned a lot and i recommend it to everyone around me.

however, the author is a recovering vegan feminist, and while she made the backbone of her reflexion about all the things that are wrong with veganism, she hasn't managed to apply the same principles of scientifique enquiry and intellectual honesty to feminism.

Apparently, all the terrible things she pointed out throughout the book are the result of the patriarcal society and toxic masculinity. its actually strange that, having done all the work to see the fallacy of vegan fanatism, she can't go that extra step and realise that she is again clinging to simple solutions to complexe problems, finding a convenient culprit to blame. at no point does she even consider that the human social structure might also be rooted in a 3 million years evolutionary journey...

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  • JASON
  • 09-01-2018

title is deceiving

This book is only tangentially about the merits or otherwise of a vegetarian diet from a health perspective. It's more concerned with feminism and the ethics behind farming practices. That still might be interesting, but unfortunately it’s not really a very deep analysis.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-02-2019

Interesting, but....

There are some very good points raised in the book and certainly has made me think a lot more about the implications of the increased use of crop growing. I would recommend independently researching some of scientific claims in this book as they either don't stand up or she has cherry picked those that support her opinion.

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  • Lewis
  • 16-03-2018

Mind Blowing

The content and message within this book absolutely blew my mind. So insightful and makes a ton of sense. It did lose me when the author strayed away from the topic of vegetarianism to talk about feminism but it was still well worth a read. The content is mostly referring to American farming and diets so not universally applicable to other western societies but it gets there eventually.
The narrator was not the best especially when using Americanisms for words rather than the traditional English.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-06-2017

excellent

I have been a vegan /vegetarian for a period of 35 years. I have hashimoto disease premature menopause osteoporosis and depression now for 10 years , this book explains how my diet has destroyed my health . it also explains how my good intentions are helping to destroy the planet .
Thank you I am now on the long journey to hopefully regaining my health and maybe I will get some energy back to live life proper

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  • Jonathon Broughton
  • 07-10-2016

Grating audio

Having heard some book review interviews I was compelled to read more about the background and detail. Sadly something in the delivery made it so dull and at times difficult to listen to for any length of time.

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  • Carl McC
  • 20-05-2019

Eye opening

Excellent book detailing the truths behind destructive vegetarian and vegan choices, political naritives and farming methods. A little of topic at times with some left wing agendas but more the most and excellent and enlightening read.

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  • Michael of Winchester
  • 26-03-2019

Food for thought

Powerful and challenging and written from the heart. Everyone should read this. Many will disagree but her arguments merit study. It was clearly painful for her to write this but she writes well and she has much to teach those with an open mind.

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  • Ninds
  • 27-11-2018

End-to-End Thinking

Finally, a book that took the subject end-to-end.

What are the effects on our health, what is the real cost of agriculture, how is this amazing ecosystem we live in a fine valance, but most interestingly number and economics.

This is an absolute must for anyone genuinely interested in saving the planet.

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  • J. Crawford
  • 04-09-2017

a must read

this book addressed the truth, not the cultish ideals that is usually .perpetuated. But that said, she lost me when she blamed Men for all that's wrong with the world.