The Food Revolution
Author: John Robbins · Subject: Nutrition & Health
First published in 2001, The Food Revolution is still one of the most frequently cited and talked about books of the food-politics revolution. It was one of the very first books to discuss the negative health effects of eating genetically modified foods and animal products of all kinds, to expose the dangers inherent in our factory farming system, and to advocate a completely plant-based diet.
The book garnered endorsements by everyone from Paul Hawken to Neal Donald Walsch, Marianne Williamson to Julia Butterfly Hill. After ten years in print, The Food Revolution is timelier than ever- and a very compelling read.
About the Author
John Robbins is the bestselling author of Voices of the Food Revolution, No Happy Cows, Diet for a New America, and many other landmark works. He is the founder of EarthSave International and the co-founder and co-host of the 100,000+ member Food Revolution Network.
Robbins’ work has been the subject of cover stories and feature articles in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Life, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and many of the nation’s other major newspapers and magazines. His life and work have also been featured in an hour long PBS special titled Diet For A New America.
The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to “…pursue the deeper American Dream…the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing a wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem.”
John has been a featured and keynote speaker at major conferences sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, Beyond War, Oxfam, the Sierra Club, the Humane Society of the United States, the United Nations Environmental Program, UNICEF, and many other organizations dedicated to creating a healthy, just, and sustainable way of life.
He is the recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and lifetime achievement awards from groups including Green America. The widespread media attention he has received has included numerous appearances on national shows including Oprah, Donahue and Geraldo. When John spoke at the United Nations, he received a standing ovation.
John serves on the Boards of many non-profit groups working toward a thriving, just, and sustainable way of life. He is the Founder and Board Chair Emeritus of EarthSave International (earthsave.org), an organization dedicated to healthy food choices, preservation of the environment, and a more compassionate world.
“Robbins, author of the classic Diet for a New America, believes that plant-based nutrition and particularly vegan diets (free of meat, milk, and eggs) lead to long life and good health. Citing statistics, research studies, and selected quotes that extol the benefits of such diets, he also argues that animal products are responsible for such diseases as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and cancer. Robbins deplores the inadequate sanitation and inspection in meat-processing plants and argues that many of the illnesses and stomach ailments that people complain about result from animal agriculture and the pathogens it introduces into our bodies. He also raises concerns about the dangers of fad diets that advocate high carbohydrates, high protein, or high fat. Robbins’s zealous advocacy of plant-based nutrition and his refusal to consider the need for animal products in human nutrition throws his book off balance. Nevertheless, those who want to know more about vegan diets will gain many insights from his provocative book. Recommended for large nutrition collections with a diversity of viewpoints.” – Irwin Weintraub, Brooklyn College Library, New York
“I was a new vegetarian flirting with veganism when I checked this book out of the library, and it gave me all the facts I needed to make an informed decision to go “all the way.” After that, it was never hard for me to not eat animal products, and all the credit goes to this book. I *knew* the consequences and it was never a price I was willing to pay. I never “backslid” or “cheated.” I was never even tempted. After reading the book myself, I then passed it off to my husband and told him not to read it if he didn’t want to be vegan. He decided that while he didn’t want to be vegan, he also didn’t think there would be anything in the book to make him change his mind. Upon finishing the book, he went and stood in front of our open fridge for a while and then told me that when we ran out of eggs/ice cream/cheese/etc we didn’t have to buy any more. Five years and two kids later, and we still haven’t. This book is a must for anyone who, like me, can only get so far with compassion before they need hard facts to back it up. To vegetarians or vegans who are having a hard time staying on the wagon: this book will remind you why you changed your diet in the first place (and make you wonder why you questioned the decision). To omnivores who want more information on how their diets are affecting their health: this book is full of referenced medical studies that you won’t be able to ignore.” – Shayla Roberts, Amazon