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Looping personal anecdotes from 40 years of global travels with stories from noble farmer Davids and corporate Goliaths, Goodall methodically builds her case for shopping organic and living modestly. Mustering a tender gumption, she details the vicious cycle of pesticide-ridden and genetically engineered crops which feed the unknowing majority of consumers; and also feed the antibiotic-treated animals that provide these folks with inexpensive entrees. Leaving nasty slaughterhouse scenes to less tactful pens, Goodall focuses more on the product of "factory farming" techniques: mountains of waste, nutritionally depleted soil, polluted water, displaced organic farmers, and severely compromised food.
Hope springs from positive sources: Edible Schoolyard programs in the U.K. and U.S., parents breaking their schools' "unholy alliance" with fast food chains and soft drink companies, a steady rise in organic purchases. Goodall offers many suggestions for rallying others, exercising one's own consumer powers, and just plain eating less meat. Conservationists might say this information is nothing new, which might explain why Goodall provides only tertiary references to her many statistics and facts. But for those who prefer that their own eating habits be stirred--not shaken--into question, the kindly Chimpanzee Lady provides the gentle touch required. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book provided so much information on how to make food choices that are respectful and beneficial to all. So much of an eye opener and it changed my behavior upon reading it.Published 1 month ago by S. Andersen
If you are interested in how your way to eat cause a positive ( or negative) impact not only in your health but in your town, ecosystem, ethic, care of animals and wild life, THIS... Read morePublished 1 month ago by TNT
This book should be required reading! Jane Goodall has written a more recent book  which I hope will show significant improvement in all of the very serious issues regarding... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Rebecca Nussler
very interesting. jane covers a variety of topics, including her youth during the war and her early pre-vegetarian time in africa.Published 3 months ago by Dan Bales
This book changed my life. I had been a vegetarian for many years, but now eat local and organic as much as possible, and only dairy products from pasture raised cows. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jaclyn R. Sinclair
Jane Goodall has many reasons to feel despair over humanity's selfishness and greed and ignorance. Instead, she points out ways we can each make the small changes in our own... Read morePublished 6 months ago by P. R. Trust
Well written and informative (often frighteningly so) this book offers not just the negative but provides solutions to the problems facing our planet today. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bobble Moose
“Ignorance is bliss.” – Thomas Gray
Despite the number of conservationists and environmentalists that warn against this idiom, millions of people still live unaware of... Read more
Even though I have been a vegetarian for 44 years and know most of what I heard on this CD, it was VERY gut wrenching to listen to. Read morePublished 9 months ago by noni