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''The importance of Dr. Richard Oppenlander's work to save planet Earth and its animal inhabitants exceeds the importance of reversing epidemic diseases of gluttony, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Both goals, by no coincidence, require an immediate worldwide substitution of meat and dairy for common starches (rice, corn, potatoes) in the human diet.'' --John McDougall, MD, Internist, Author, and Researcher

"Dr. Oppenlander's important work shows how the long-term health of our planet and its inhabitants will be determined, in large part, by our willingness to adopt a plant-based diet en masse. In reading Food Choice and Sustainability, one may find empowerment that such a simple and effective remedy can begin at our next meal." --Brian Wendel, Creator and Executive Producer of Forks Over Knives

''Food Choice and Sustainability makes a powerful case for how we can protect our environment. This authoritative, no-nonsense guide tells it exactly as it is.'' --Neal Barnard, MD, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

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Dr. Oppenlander is a consultant, researcher, and author whose award-winning book Comfortably Unaware has been endorsed as a must-read by Ellen DeGeneres, Dr. Jane Goodall and Neal Barnard, among many others. Dr. Oppenlander is a much sought after lecturer on the topic of food choice and how it relates to sustainability, all within the framework of fresh perspectives and critical insights.

He has been a key note speaker for several conferences and festivals and has presented lectures and workshops at numerous universities and corporations. Dr. Oppenlander also serves as an advisor to municipalities in the U.S. and to a number of world hunger projects that are designing programs from his multidimensional model of sustainability.

Dr. Oppenlander has spent 40 years studying the effects food choices have on our planter and on us. He started an organic, vegan food production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary, and is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.

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  • Hardcover: 498 pages
  • Publisher: Langdon Street Press (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626524351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626524354
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Judy Lindow on November 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I'm expecting this book to address the environmental impacts of food choice better than any other book to date. In what I've read so far, the urgency of the issues are really brought home. It's very clear that the dire results of our food choices are due to MORE than just factory farms, they're about eating-animals.

Whereas 'Comfortably Unaware' (the first book) gives a good high level summary, this book restates the issues, gives more details, addresses the current issues, and updates statistics. It also stresses the global scope of the problem and spends more time on solutions (though I haven't read this section yet).

There's good content about the manipulation of the concept of "sustainability". The book also addresses new food movements and advocates who justify meat and dairy, as well as good explanation of extinctions; here the numbers are really sad for how remarkable they are. I appreciate the numbers and references, as I want to be able to know the facts, evidence, and talk with others using sound arguments.

I am now on board with no half way changes. Although it's true, people may not be able to stop all animal exploitation in their lives in one swoop, the import of the situation needs to be stated with honesty. Our commitments need to be whole hearted. Change needs to be made en masse and more quickly if we are to effectively address climate change, community health, world hunger, loss of biodiversity, and more. I'm inspired to improve my activism and personal practice.

A good read, reread, Christmas present for friends and family, can be read alone, with/after the 'Comfortably Unaware'. Can be read by sections or chapters. Great endnotes and index. The book is beautiful, the cover; Langdon Street Press, and all, did a good job.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Linda Middlesworth on December 29, 2013
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Comfortably Unaware was also a well researched and eye opening book, but Food Choice and Sustainability is the book Al Gore should have written. Dr. Oppenlander goes into the consequences of our food choices even deeper. He puts holes in the many myths permeating our media about how we should view our food choices and global warming, land use, water use, energy use, air pollution, etc. Once you read this book, you will immediately understand how and why the general public are misled. He shows that the science does not back up the baseless rhetoric of people like Michael Pollan who claims that grass fed cows are sustainable. I am not finished yet but cannot wait to finish it. My husband could not put it down and bought a pile to give to all our family members and friends. Richard uses scientific studies to back his statements and, in addition, he travels all over the world to observe just how food choice and sustainability play out in real life. Thank you Dr. Oppenlander for dispelling the myths we are fed but those who choose greed over health and environment. Excellent and impeccable work!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By rpv TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 1, 2013
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Creating awareness is one of the first jobs tat Dr. Richard Oppenlander does. In the modern day and age, food humans eat has a lasting impact - from various angles - planet, moral, ethical. 7 billion plus people live in the world now and what we eat will have a lasting impact for centuries to come. Dr. Oppenlander's work rivals and complements that of Drs. Ornish, McDougall, Esselstyn, Campbell and several others in the western world. I have been very curious and researching on this topic for several years. My family is a hard core vegetarian for several generations for hundreds of years and I am fascinated by vegan and trying to adopt a vegan lifestyle myself as an experimentation. I am very thankful to many plant based recipes and exponents in the last 10 years.

The author starts with the premise that earth's resources are not infinite. This books is not about vegan recipes or health-styles at all but at higher level questions on policy, asking tough questions, and providing solutions. For example, author questions President Obama's statement on climate change and says the President should have told - In order to properly address climate change, we must stop eating meat today. The author in fact urges all of world's leaders to adopt a plant based choices. Some of the facts are outright depressing - India is world's largest exporter or beef. This is in stark contradiction to its religious principles followed over centuries. Pakistan with its 177 million population has 137 million livestock. The author has very strong points and makes some hard data (these data are current as of 2013). Overall a very fact filled book, at times very depressing on the state of the planet and humans but very much needed. We can still change!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adam on January 24, 2014
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Please read this book, this simple to read and easy to understand explanation of how our food choices are the number one cause of climate change, water shortages, deforestation, destruction of the ocean, overuse of our land and destruction of our health is the most important and powerful book ever written on the subject matter. Every person on the planet should be required to read this so they fully understand how every bite of food they take reverberates around the world. In other words the food choices you make dramatically impact what happens to our forests, oceans, fresh drinking water, food supply, climate change. Before you read any other book read this one. It's hard to believe that this information is not available to every person when they grow up. This is the number one book I have ever read, more important than any other book I have ever read on the environment or health. This book is purely scientific but very easy to read. There's actually no bias in this book except the desire to save the planet.
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