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At the tender age of 16, the dots between diet and its effect on the environment were connected with Diet for a New America, John Robbin's book. I didn't need any convincing about the planetary evils of burgers and signed up fast for my high school's vegetarian club. Back then, there wasn't TreeHugger to champion its cool factor so yes, I was nerdy.
Even though my completely veggie days are past, I do subscribe to a low meat intake philosophy. And just how John Robbin's changed my world view for the better, I get amped about any book that can do the same for others--shedding light on the important role diet plays in being a good, green citizen--not to mention, a healthy one at that! Add to the list, The World Peace Diet by Dr. Will Tuttle. Though I haven't had a chance to get my hands on it yet, all the reviews are pointing to it's awesomeness in the way it goes beyond the information we have already about the negatives of meat eating. From shedding light on the specific mistreatment of female animals to a chapter called "The Metaphysics of Food" that reveals the toxic effects of the torture the animal endured up through and including the time of its slaughter.
It helps that the author sounds pretty cool too--cruising around with his vegan spouse in a solar-powered "rolling home," spreading their compassionate meat-free message.
Julia Butterfly Hill gives it a thumb up too:
Use The World Peace Diet as a guide to empower yourselves and others in making dietary choices that are powerful beyond what you can possibly imagine.
Extra eco-bonus: the book is printed with soy-based inks on 100% post-consumer recycled paper.