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Diet for a New America

Diet for a New America is a 1987 bestselling book by John Robbins.[1] The book discusses vegetarianism, the environmental impact of factory farming and animal rights.[1]

In 1991 KCET, the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, produced a film documentary based on the book called Diet for a New America: Your Health, Your Planet.[2] The film is narrated by John Robbins and features interviews with Michael Klaper, T. Colin Campbell and John A. McDougall.[3]

Critical reception

Colman McCarthy and Cleveland Amory compared the book to Rachel Carson's Silent Spring.[4][1] In an editorial for The Washington Post and Finger Lakes Times McCarthy writes: "Robbins has written a book that is the pioneering match of Aldo Leopold's Sand County Almanac, John Rawls' A Theory of Justice, and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring."[4]

Marian Burros of The New York Times writes: "Much of what Mr. Robbins has to say about diet in this country is unremarkable: we eat too much meat and dairy products. Much of what Mr. Robbins has to say about the inhumane treatment of animals on factory farms is correct. But Mr. Robbins undermines his case by exaggerating; facts mix with factoids and anecdotes."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Marian Burros (December 2, 1992). "Eating Well". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Sharon Bernstein (September 16, 1991). "KCET's 'Diet' Isn't Savory for Beef, Dairy Industries". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ John Robbins (1991). Diet for a New America: Your Health, Your Planet (Documentary).  
  4. ^ a b  

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