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Comfortably Unaware - Global depletion and food responsibility... What you choose to eat Hardcover – February 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1936183944 ISBN-10: 1936183943 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (a division of Hillcrest Publishing Group, Inc.); 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936183943
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936183944
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Robert Oppenlander has devoted his life to improving the health of our planet. Through literary work or in person, he brings an eclectic combination of experiences regarding this topic spanning the past 40 years. His medical research during the 1970s gave way to clinical experiences over the years treating thousands of patients, many of those with nutritional and dietary issues. Since 1976, he has extensively studied the effect our food choices have on our health and the immense impact those choices have on our environment. Dr. Oppenlander has given hundreds of lectures, presentations, and open discussions on this topic. He is also president and founder of a sustainable organic food production business. He has been a featured guest appearing on radio shows, in newspapers, and in magazines.

With Comfortably Unaware as well as with his speaking engagements, Dr. Oppenlander addresses the fact that our current choices of foods are causing Global Depletion--the loss of our land, water, air/atmosphere, food supply, biodiversity, energy resources, and our own health. In compelling fashion, he reveals serious inefficiencies and unsustainable practices in our current food production systems and explores unique solutions. Along the way, Dr. Oppenlander challenges audiences with new insights regarding how this has happened--exposing our cultural, social, educational, governmental - and even media - influences.


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Author of "Comfortably Unaware: Global Depletion and Food Choice Responsibility", Dr. Oppenlander is a sustainability and wellness advocate, writer, and speaker committed to improving the health of our planet. Dr. Oppenlander brings an eclectic combination of experiences regarding this topic spanning the past 40 years.

Since the early 1970's, Dr. Oppenlander has studied extensively the effect our food choices have on our health and the immense impact those choices have on our environment. He is president and founder of an organic vegan food production and education business, as well as the founder of the non-profit Inspire Awareness Now. Dr. Oppenlander has delivered hundred of lectures, presentations, and open discussions on the topic of food choice responsibility.

Dr. Oppenlander has been a keynote speaker for several conferences and festivals. Dr. Oppenlander has presented lectures and workshops at numerous college/universities and corporations. He has been a featured guest appearing on radio shows, and within newspaper and magazine articles. With his book, "Comfortably Unaware" as well as with his presentations, Dr. Oppenlander addresses the fact that our current choices of foods are causing Global Depletion, specifically the loss of our land, water, air/atmosphere, food supply, biodiversity, energy resources, and our own health.

In compelling fashion, he reveals serious inefficiencies and unsustainable practices in our current food production systems and explores unique solutions. Along the way, Dr. Oppenlander challenges audiences with new insights regarding how this has occurred - exposing our cultural, social, educational, governmental, and even media influences. Although portions of this important topic are being addressed by one or two other authors, Oppenlander presents an unapologetic and comprehensive view with new perspectives and the disclosure of information upon which many authors are unwilling to tread.

Dr. Oppenlander's main objective within both his writing and speaking is to raise the level of awareness and accuracy of information as it pertains to the critical topic of a plant-based diet being the best and most sustainable option for our bodies, the animals and the earth. Food choice is rarely positioned within the sustainability conversation, and often negligibly or wrongfully discussed in information regarding our health. Oppenlander lectures around the country for the purpose of repositioning food choice as a critical component within the campaign for a more sustainable and healthy planet, and for those who inhabit it.

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In fact, because of this book, I have began to embrace a vegan diet (minus chocolate candies..).
Madeline
That said, I think that every person who reads this book has a responsibility to recommend it to their friends.
TheEternalVegan
Methane and nitrous oxide, he says, "are much more powerful than carbon dioxide as greenhouse gases."
Karen Davis, PhD

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jackson2002 on February 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a cancer patient, I have had to change my eating habits a lot and reading books such as Comfortably Unaware have made it much easier to accept my healthier lifestyle. Comfortably Unaware not only touches on nutrition and how diet can prevent disease such as mine (if I had read this book 20 years ago, I probably wouldn't be in this situation as my diet played a huge part in my diagnosis) but it explains how our diet affects the oceans and rainforests and our land, air, and fresh water in ways I had never heard about before. I like how it has numerous references and is very current with it's facts, and is easy to read, there is almost a sense of urgency that I felt come through in the writing which made me feel like the author truly cares about making our planet and all life on it healthier...overall a great educational book that only took me two days to read and made me understand that each meal I consume affects more than just my own internal health. I hope it helps more people make changes to their diet BEFORE they develop preventable cancers and diseases, I certainly wish I had this chance as a young adult to become aware of the damage I was doing by living on fast food and heavy meat/dairy foods!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Davis, PhD on November 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Review by Karen Davis, PhD, President of United Poultry Concerns

News of how our consumer choices and commercial industries are affecting our planet has made terms like fossil fuel, carbon footprint, greenhouse gases and global warming commonplace. Carbon dioxide is most commonly associated with global warming, but in Comfortably Unaware, Dr. Richard Oppenlander argues that while it's important to minimize CO2 emissions from cars and industry, "the single most devastating factor that affects global warming and our environment is caused by what you eat." Methane and nitrous oxide, he says, "are much more powerful than carbon dioxide as greenhouse gases." These treacherous gases enter the atmosphere mainly through the flatulence and manure of the 65 billion land animals who are now being raised for food - a number predicted to double by 2050.

Global warming is but one component of global depletion. Comfortably Unaware insists that animal agriculture, including fishing and aquaculture (factory farming of freshwater and sea creatures for human, companion and farmed animal consumption), is the primary cause of global depletion - the loss of our renewable and nonrenewable resources including our drinking water, air quality, land, oceans, rainforests, and biodiversity. Reports on the health and environmental havoc of farmed animal production and consumption stop short of advocating the animal-free diet that would solve the problem. For instance, 80 percent of the world's protein-rich soy crop is not being fed to starving children, but to farmed animals, and most of this soy "is now grown on rainforest-cleared land." In 2004-2005 more than 2.9 million acres of rainforest were destroyed, "primarily to grow crops for chickens used by Kentucky Fried Chicken.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By old hag on June 30, 2011
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Had the opportunity to hear the author before buying his book. The title says it all. Very much recommend his book for anyone interested in trying to salvage our only home
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madeline on December 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Comfortbaly Unaware is undeniably the most educating and eye opening book on the relation between our food choices and the depletion of our beloved Earth. Dr. Oppenlander does an excellent job in presenting information, with an approach that does not lean to one side of an argument, but one that conveys cold hard facts. It is an easy read, with intriguing information on every page. I could hardly put it down; It is a MUST read. As a former vegetarian, I knew that the meat and dairy industries had negative effects on our planet, but never did I know just how bad it is. In fact, because of this book, I have began to embrace a vegan diet (minus chocolate candies..). The content is extremely enlightening; it illustrates the whole truth and at times, brought me to tears! If only we could plant Dr. Oppenlanders knowledge in the rest of the world's mind, I truly truly believe that change would manifest immediately. I recommend this book to everyone with a brain to embrace. If it were up to me, I would require that any consumer read this book before making an ignorant decision. Its shocking how beneficial a plant-based diet is; not just for the planet, but for all living species, your health and the yes, even the economy. Thank you Dr. Oppenlander for finally providing the whole truth.
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