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The Vegetarian Myth...new book. GRRRRRR

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/UndergroundWellness/2009/10/08/The-Vegetarian-Myth-with-Lierre-Keith

This came across my facebook. It is so infuriating. Another one of those "I was vegan for 20 years and got so sick...blah blah blah"

You can listen to an interview with the author on this site.

Is it really bad that I want to read to see for myself what a pile of shit it is.  Or not I suppose ::)

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so stupid!!

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you can read the first 14 pages here:

http://www.lierrekeith.com/vegmyth.htm

careful shelloid! I've read  numerous reviews that say that after reading this book I decided to eat meat again after umpteen years.
Apparently its mostly about sustainability and the environment and how agriculture is so damaging to the earth. Why then, blame it on plant based diets? I might need to read this to understand more.

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But then you run the risk of discovering the "truth" about a vegan diet: it is really NOT environmentally responsible. ::)

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Ugh.

Aside from being a pile of awkward prose, the whole arguement seems to be, "The change you seek will not be instant, and may not occur even in your lifetime. So don't even try".

It reads like sour grapes to me. Someone got disillusioned about their choices, and instead of seeking any sort of longview or better alternative, decided to cash in and generate controversy.

Oh, well. To each their own.

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She may have some valid points...about big agriculture being damaging to the earth. I think most of us are on the same page with "buy locally" when you can, grow your own food if possible, etc...I just don't get why she titled it the way she did. And just because SHE had health problems while she was on a vegan diet does not necessarily connect the two, which she tries to do. She may have been pre-dispositioned (I know, not a word) to have these spinal problems no matter what her diet.
Also, that whole quoting some crazy vegan from a blog thing just really ruins any credibility she might have otherwise had, in my book.

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She may have some valid points...about big agriculture being damaging to the earth. I think most of us are on the same page with "buy locally" when you can, grow your own food if possible, etc...I just don't get why she titled it the way she did. And just because SHE had health problems while she was on a vegan diet does not necessarily connect the two, which she tries to do. She may have been pre-dispositioned (I know, not a word) to have these spinal problems no matter what her diet.
Also, that whole quoting some crazy vegan from a blog thing just really ruins any credibility she might have otherwise had, in my book.

Exactly. This is a calculated attempt to generate heated reactions and gurantee her bookings on conservative talk/news programs. I'm betting under 3 months befor my co-workers start bringt this book up to me.

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Ugh.

Aside from being a pile of awkward prose, the whole arguement seems to be, "The change you seek will not be instant, and may not occur even in your lifetime. So don't even try".

It reads like sour grapes to me. Someone got disillusioned about their choices, and instead of seeking any sort of longview or better alternative, decided to cash in and generate controversy.

Oh, well. To each their own.

You took the words right out of my mouth.

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I think it was a convincing argument.  I'm eating beef jerkey as I type and I already feel so much more healthy.  *clutches chest and falls to ground*

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You took the words right out of my mouth.

It must have been while you we kissing me.

Wait.

What?

(P.S. - it feels so strangely blasphemous to quote MeatLoaf at someone with a Bad Religion avatar)

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I think it was a convincing argument.  I'm eating beef jerkey as I type and I already feel so much more healthy.  *clutches chest and falls to ground*

Not again...

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I was just about to say-ay I love you.

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i have to rush this because i'm on my way out to Mickey Ds to order a Big Mac, Large Fries and large shake - to yanno - umm, save the planet....and before i head out...some random quotes from the blogcast

people need to Listen to their bodies …. there is a reason they had tremendous cravings to eat meat or eggs or dairy products – it’s because the human body needs these things...

you have to be a real fanatic to maintain this lifestyle - to override those impulses

she was so exhausted on a vegan diet - she could barely walk up a flight of stairs

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I was wondering if anyone was going to post about this book on Vegweb!

My ex showed me the review for this book in his fave magazine, Permaculture...something. The editor was going on and on and said if you were a vegan to: "walk or run, if you still can, to the nearest bookstore and get a copy" How ridiculous. At least he printed an informed letter from healthy vegans that found the article offensive. They had been vegan about as long as me (20-ish yrs) and were, shocking but true, still very healthy!

Crazy. Some peeps just want an excuse to eat meat, I think, and really need to stretch their imaginations to rationalize it!!

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p.s. I find it to be great evidence that vegan diets are unhealthy since she was unhealthy on a vegan diet. Especially since no one really ever gets sick on an animal-based diet.

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really...if some goes from a vegan diet back to a non-vegan diet, they just really were not passionate about their lifestyle.  I'm reminded of the short news story "the sexiest vegetarian alive over 50" that Tess posted on fb.  umm hello, the lady is 70 and has been Vegan since she was 30 and looks and feels incredible not to mention is totally healthy...grrrr is right.

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I really don't understand what the author is hoping to accomplish. So... eating anything produced by agriculture is bad? Um. Okay. So what are we supposed to do about this? Maybe civilisation and industrialisation have ravaged the planet, but it's simply not realistic - or even the best option - to try and go backwards in time. Agriculture cannot be eradicated - mankind needs to adjust and find the kinds of agriculture which cause the least harm, and balance that with conservation efforts. Realistically, humans can sustain themselves on a plant-based diet. Animal agriculture is so much more destructive than just plant agriculture that they're not even really comparable.

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you kill more plants on a meat eating diet anyways.  then you are not only eating the plants you normally would, but feeding TONS of it to animals, then eating them. That is  MORE agriculture, not less.  I don't think I can eat as much grain in a day as a cow can....but hey... what do I know. I'm living in a "myth".

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You took the words right out of my mouth.

It must have been while you we kissing me.

Wait.

What?

(P.S. - it feels so strangely blasphemous to quote MeatLoaf at someone with a Bad Religion avatar)

Did you ever hear that Meatloaf is vegetarian? He should really change his name to Neatloaf.

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