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  • The Vegetarian Myth

  • Food, Justice, and Sustainability
  • By: Lierre Keith
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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By: Lierre Keith
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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.

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"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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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.
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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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undeniably true!

amazing book straight to the point! nature is undeniable in it's truth greatly to read this book 😊

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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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Must read for many reasons

Everyone who is concerned about their health, the planet and especially those who think not eating meat or fish is going to help should take a good long think about what's in this book.

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Awesome

loved it how can we be so stupid! lied to for so long
I'm changing my life from this very day

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