- 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: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,600,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Comfortably Unaware - Global depletion and food responsibility... What you choose to eat 1st Edition
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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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Every action we take has consequences, including the food we purchase.
Even if you don't want to hear it, we have a responsibility to understand what's happening because of us.
This is a great read. And the book isn't obnoxiously long. So it could be read in a week or two.
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."
Oppenlander explains why "grass-fed, pastured" animal production is a false solution to factory farming and why small-scale operations cannot sustainably meet the demands of billions of people wanting cheap, readily available meat, dairy and eggs. Smaller farms don't alter the amount of resources required to raise, transport and slaughter hundreds of billions of animals. Currently, 55 percent of our fresh water is given to animals raised for food, and 89,000 pounds of excrement are produced by farmed animals every second in the United States alone. Moreover, what is fashionably called "humane" farming does not meet the behavioral and cognitive needs of, or show any genuine respect for the chickens, cows, pigs, goats, rabbits, turkeys and other animals trapped in our food production systems and belittling attitudes.
Comfortably Unaware represents the enormous benefits of a nutritious, animal-free, vegan diet while explaining why organizations and individuals who are "aware and are in various positions to get the message out so that it could make a difference do not speak about it." While castigating their failure to do so, Oppenlander argues that the realities of our food choices are what they are, and we can ignore or face these realities. He says that with "every burger, steak, pot roast, turkey sandwich, fried chicken, rib, barbecue, pork chop, bacon, ham, or whatever you want to call it or however you want to cook it, you are perpetuating the demand, which furthers the business of raising animals and then slaughtering them for you to eat. You can turn your head the other way, but the process continues." It continues to the detriment of animals, our health, and the health of our planet.
We can reverse the ill fortune, however, if we care deeply enough. The power to create a totally different outcome resides in our determination, our collective intelligence, and our pocketbook.
Karen Davis, PhD is the founder and president of United Poultry Concerns ([...]), a nonprofit organization that promotes the compassionate and respectful treatment of domestic fowl including a sanctuary for chickens on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Her articles have appeared in Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations, Terrorists or Freedom Fighters: Reflections on the Liberation of Animals, Critical Theory and Animal Liberation, Spring: A Journal of Archetype and Culture, Sister Species, and the Encyclopedia of Animals and Humans. Her books include Prisoned Chickens, Poisoned Eggs: An Inside Look at the Modern Poultry Industry, More Than a Meal: The Turkey in History, Myth, Ritual, and Reality, The Holocaust and the Henmaid's Tale: A Case for Comparing Atrocities, and A Home For Henny. Karen and her work were profiled in "For the Birds" in The Washington Post and she was inducted into the U.S. Animal Rights Hall of Fame "for outstanding contributions to animal liberation." [...]
It is a very short and to the point book. His thoughts are very logical and delivered with nice style. You will not be disappointed (maybe a bit shocked and disturbed though).