From Publishers Weekly
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 Im 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.