- File Size: 11923 KB
- Print Length: 188 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sheldon Frith; 1 edition (February 7, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 7, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BK3HKNA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,541 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Letter To A Vegetarian Nation: We Need Livestock For Sustainable Food Production And Environmental Restoration Kindle Edition
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I was hoping that this book would play a useful part in the ongoing discussion between the vegetarian/vegan and holistic management camps, however I was disappointed. I am neither vegetarian or vegan but I found some of Sheldon's language to be unnecessarily snarky and some of his logical jumps to be abrupt and unconvincing (even though I am convinced that he's correct from my own independent study). I don't think this book is going to convince anyone who doesn't already mostly agree with him. :-(
Regardless it is a wonderful resource for those who are open to the information contained within.
Frith discusses the way in which industrial/chemical agriculture, factory farming, and improperly managed livestock are contributing to the destruction of ecosystems and harming plants, animals and human beings. Most people aren’t aware that there’s an alternative to factory farming/conventionally managed livestock, which is part of the reason why many people choose to be vegetarian or vegan. Frith contrasts factory farmed livestock, conventionally grazed livestock and holistically managed livestock regarding the impact of each practice on animal well-being/living conditions, effects on soil and ecosystems, and on human health. He also provides a very clear explanation of why widespread vegan agriculture is not sustainable and is contributing to the destruction of ecosystems, destroying soil life and causing soil erosion, harming animals and ultimately humans as well.
Most vegetarians and vegans don’t want to believe this is true. I know – I used to be one of them. Until 3 years ago, I was vegan, and had oscillated between eating a vegetarian or vegan diet for most of my adult life (from about age 20-50). The book that was the catalyst for me re-thinking that position was The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, which got my attention because the author is an environmental activist and former vegan. I believe that the personal health of individuals and the health and well-being of plants, animals, and the planet as a whole are inextricably connected – you can’t have one without the other.
Letter to a Vegetarian Nation is a very important book that can open people’s minds to regenerative agriculture and holistic livestock management, practices that provide real solutions, helping to combat climate change and heal our planet and ourselves.
This book was easy to read and succinct. If more information was desired on a particular topic, there is a link to take you to further reading. I appreciated his pictorial representations. This book was the first mention I have seen about the vegan farming movement. I am a firm believer in the “Balance of Nature.” The idea of vegan farming seems to stand that principle on its head.
I have only one negative comment about this book. The segment comparing machines to animals veered from carefully referenced work to subjective preference. That's OK, but there is the other side of that coin. I much prefer animals to machines, so I am aligned with the feelings of the author. But my husband can make any machine run, and he much prefers machines to animals. There is also a good number of people in farming that are lured into farming because of the love of machines. Hopefully we can use these two preferences to make a better world for all of us.
Bottom line: I liked the book. It was informative, easy to read. I wish others would read it.