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Less an introduction to vegetarianism than a list of reasons not to eat meat, this expansion of a self-published pamphlet Rice hands out on New York streets (she claims to have distributed nearly 200,000 copies since 1991) offers already committed vegetarians back-up for their decision and gives diehard carnivores a surprising look at some of the problems associated with meat eating. Rice's "attempt to investigate every good reason to become a vegetarian" can feel unnervingly strident, even for those inclined to agree with her, but her sources are primarily mainstream newspaper and magazine articles-not small, fiery anti-carnivore Web sites. Some of Rice's reasons we should all go veggie include: vegetables' high concentrations of beneficial phytochemicals and antioxidants; the stomach-turning odor of pork "mega-farms"; costly government subsidies for livestock producers; and studies that show animal protein is linked to heart disease, hormonal cancers and diabetes. This isn't a book to read cover-to-cover, but it will provide interested parties with a wealth of information about health and social issues connected to meat consumption.
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About the Author

Pamela Rice is the founder and president of the Vivavegie Society and the editor of the Viva Vine, both based in New York City. Over 140,000 copies of the pamphlet 101 Reasons Why I’m a Vegetarian have been distributed over the last ten years. Using creative costumes and billboards, Pamela has taken to the streets of New York City for many years advocating vegetarianism and distributing "The Mighty Convincer." She has appeared on television in the United States on several occasions and has been profiled in The New Yorker magazine.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (October 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590560752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590560754
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Pamela Rice tagged along with a friend to a vegetarian conference in 1990, little did she know she would be so affected by the information in which she was about to be exposed. Indeed, when she got back home she instinctively started a list of reasons to be a vegetarian.

At the time, Ms. Rice worked as a sales representative for a full-service print shop. The next step was natural--write up a list of the best reasons and send it through her employer's facility. Once she had her stacks of "veggie flyers," out she went to the streets -- New York City streets, that is, where she lives. She was frequently seen at this time passing out copies of "101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian" to passersby, spreading the eye-opening information about the many dark sides of the meat business. It happens that the feedback for her avocation turned out to be very good, and today there are over 200,000 pamphlets in circulation, seven updated editions, and twelve printings. Current editions are still selling, mostly by word of mouth.

In the 1990s, Ms. Rice founded a magazine -- The VivaVine -- and produced 50 editions of it. At the time, it was state-of-the-art in vegetarian journalism.

Eventually, Lantern Books asked Ms. Rice to be one of its authors, and a little while later the pamphlet was enlarged to about eight times its size and available in book form. Both Publishers Weekly and Library Journal gave the book excellent reviews.

Today, Pamela Rice may be better known as the organizer of the Veggie Pride Parade in New York City, but at heart, she's still a writer.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Louis Gedo on June 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Ms. Rice's 101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian, and I simply have been bowled over. Reason after reason, the information the author brings forth is unrelenting and, no-less, devastating. This is up there as one the most far-reaching indictments of the meat-eating lifestyle to date.

So much of this material was absolutely new to me, and I pride myself on being an informed vegan. It would be pretty tough for any meat eater to remain so after reading this book. If you read it, you will be transformed.

Despite the obvious fact that Ms. Rice shares the philosophy of your most ardent vegan advocate, the writing style is understated, which is perhaps what gives the information its power. In the majority of cases Ms. Rice's facts come from conventional sources (the USDA, the EPA, The New York Times, The Economist, agricultural colleges, etc.), which, by the way, are copiously referenced. I figure there are perhaps 1,500 citations in the book. I could not, of course, look at every one, but it was nice to know they were always there to back up the facts. I did look up a few with Google searches. In those cases I

was at once brought into a world of key experts at the forefronts of their fields. Furthermore, the 13-page index appears to allow readers a good chance at cross referencing at any point. Both the index and the reference pages were interesting browse-reads in themselves.

Here is a book that should probably be on the shelf of every vegan or vegetarian alive. There, this book offers the meat-free the constant assurance that each had made the best decision of his or her life.

My only complaint with the book was that the author did not let loose more often. I got the feeling Ms.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Melanie on March 6, 2006
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There are all sorts of reasons to become a vegetarian, and this little book contains 101 great ones. From the effect of animal production on the environment to the destruction of genetic diversity and the spread of disease from animals to humans to the horrific treatment of farmed animals, many of these reasons will sound familiar to a lot of people.

Still, these reasons are articulated in intricate and often disturbing detail. The links between dairy production and the life (if it can be called that) of veal cattle, the extreme overproduction required of laying hens and mother cows, the huge amounts of waste produced by factory farms and the dangers of biotechnology, genetic engineering and cloning are outlined in stunning detail.

Of course there are also reasons involving the positive health benefits (and benefits for the planet) brought about by eating a vegetarian diet, from reducing your risk of several kinds of cancer to increasing beneficial phytochemicals in your diet and reducing the world's oil and energy drains.

There are probably reasons here that most readers have not considered, and facts you might not know about; for instance, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest pregnant women heat cold cuts to 170 degrees to reduce their risk of getting listeria. Or that even though its forbidden for cows to eat other cows because of the risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or mad cow disease), the Food and Drug Administration says as many as 350,000 cows that humans consume were fed bovine by-products.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Giddens-White on December 4, 2005
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Be prepared, this is no ordinary book on vegetarianism. It is undoubtedly THE BEST I've read on the subject in over 24 years of maintaining a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle.

101 Reasons is a gift to society. A clear, comprehensive log of the myriad reasons a vegetarian diet just makes sense. The tone is perfect-unapologetic and direct while still light and conversational. Reading this will strengthen your convictions if you are already vegetarian, and will make you stop and reassess if you are not. This is a "just the facts" approach. Thankfully, not once are animals referred to as "cute" anywhere in the book. Covering everything from individual health benefits to environmental and global impact, and everything in between, this book should be a treasured resource in any home library to be referred to again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Warshawsky on November 6, 2005
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"101 Reasons" is full of facts I didn't know, and full of stats for those I did. I particularly learned a great deal about the impact of factory farming on the environment, and fish in particular. Although the book is barely off the press, it already predicted things that happened after its printing: additional cases of mad cow; enormous numbers of deaths for animals during the Katrina hurricane; and outbreak of avian flu.

"101 Reasons" is unlike most books and lectures on vegetarianism, which preach to the already converted and don't teach me (already converted) anything I didn't already know. "101 Reasons" will surprise people whether they have, or lack, previous knowledge of the rationale for vegetarianism.

The book is beautifully written. To the point, and humorous puns makes a hard-to-take message more palatable.

I want everyone I know to pick this one up!

-- Jean Thaler Brooklyn NY

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