BOOK REVIEW

THE BIG PICTURE


 

Veggie Revolution
Smart Choices for a Healthy Body and a Healthy Planet

By Sally Kneidel, Ph.D., and Sara Kate Kneidel
Fulcrum Publishing, 246 pp.

Vegetarian, flexitarian, vegan, meat eater – irrespective of one’s choice of diet, a recent report that the year 2005 was the hottest on record is a concern for all. One might not expect a book such as Veggie Revolution to address the topic of global warming, however the book makes some fascinating – not to mention timely – connections between what’s on our dinner plates and the health of Mother Earth.

Beyond the militant veggies pictured on Veggie Revolution’s cover, one will not find a raging manifesto denouncing meat eaters. Instead, the book contains an informative, intelligent, in-depth analysis of a number of topics relating to vegetarianism and the environment, with a thorough investigation of factory farming. The subject of corporate animal farms can be disturbing, yet authors Sally Kneidel, Ph.D., and Sara Kate Kneidel have a gentle way of presenting the unadulterated truth about the meat industry without resorting to shock tactics.

Despite the serious subject matter, Veggie Revolution is thoroughly readable and so well written that diverse topics such as Pfiesteria, eutrophication, and NAFTA are actually thought-provoking! Indeed, reading Veggie Revolution is like taking an environmental studies, nutrition, and economics course all wrapped into one, taught by the most interesting and capable of teachers.

There are quite a few bonuses to the book as well, such as the thirty-seven pages of recipes, and chapters on nutrition, which make the book an excellent reference and resource. Another added feature is the numerous student interviews. How interesting it is to read what students have to say in their own words about vegetarianism and the environment.

Whether vegetarian or not, Veggie Revolution will help readers understand so much more than the merits of a vegetarian diet. It’s a book that has the potential to change the world for the better!

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