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Eating Animals A life-changing read from Jonathan Safran Foer. Like many young Americans, Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between enthusiastic carnivore and occasional vegetarian. As he became a husband, and then a father, the moral dimensions of eating became increasingly important to him. Faced with the prospect of being unable to explain why we eat some animals and not others, Foer set out to explore the origins of many eating traditions and the fictions involved with creating them.

Traveling to the darkest corners of our dining habits, Foer raises the unspoken question behind every fish we eat, every chicken we fry, and every burger we grill. Part memoir and part investigative report, Eating Animals is a book that, in the words of the Los Angeles Times, places Jonathan Safran Foer “at the table with our greatest philosophers.”

 

Speciesism is the idea that being human is a good enough reason for human animals to have greater moral rights than non-human animals….a prejudice or bias in favour of the interests of members of one’s own species and against those of members of other species.
It is also the name of a documentary from clever man Mark Devries, that unpacks the assumption of human superiority, and how it leads to the exploitation of animals.

The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide the factory farms that supply most of our meat and animal products.

In 1975, a young writer published a book arguing that no justifications exist for considering humans more important than members of other species.  It slowly began to gain attention. Today, a quickly growing number of prominent individuals and political activists are adopting its conclusions. They have termed the assumption of human superiority speciesism. And, as a result, they rank these animal factories among the greatest evils in our history. Speciesism: TheMovie brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do.

 

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Meat: A Benign Extravagance
A groundbreaking exploration of the difficult environmental, ethical and health issues surrounding the human consumption of animals. Garnering huge praise in the UK, this is a book that answers the question: should we be farming animals, or not? Not a simple answer, but one that takes all views on meat eating into account. It lays out in detail the reasons why we must indeed decrease the amount of meat we eat, both for the planet and for ourselves, and yet explores how different forms of agriculture–including livestock–shape our landscape and culture.

At the heart of this book, Simon Fairlie argues that society needs to re-orient itself back to the land, both physically and spiritually, and explains why an agriculture that can most readily achieve this is one that includes a measure of livestock farming. It is a well-researched look at agricultural and environmental theory from a fabulous writer and a farmer, and is sure to take off where other books on vegetarianism and veganism have fallen short in their global scope.

 

trebEternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust, by Charles Patterson, Ph.D., describes disturbing parallels between how the Nazis treated their victims and how modern society treats animals. The title is taken from the Yiddish writer and Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, himself a vegetarian: “In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.”

The first part of the book describes the emergence of humans as the master species and their domination of the rest of the inhabitants of the earth. The second part examines the industrialization of slaughter (of both animals and humans) that took place in modern times, while the last part of the book profiles Jewish and German animal advocates on both sides of the Holocaust.

 

CowspiracyFlyersmallCowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today – and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.

As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.

As eye-opening as Blackfish and as inspiring as An Inconvenient Truth, this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.

 

the_china_study_9781932100662__91074.1407456271.480.480The China Study, by Dr T Colin Campbell PHD

In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists.

The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”

The China Study is not a diet book. Dr. Campbell cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging.

 

10 billion

 TEN BILLION by Stephen Emmott.  Just over two hundred years ago, there were one billion humans on Earth.There are now over seven billion of us. Sometime this century, the world population will reach at least ten billion.

Deforestation. Desertification. Species extinction. Global warming. Growing threats to food and water. The driving issues of our times are the result of one huge problem: Us.

As the population continues to grow, our problems will increase. And this means that every way we look at it, a planet of ten billion people is likely to be a nightmare.

Stephen Emmott, a scientist whose lab is at the forefront of research into complex natural systems, sounds the alarm. TEN BILLION is a snapshot of our planet, and our species, approaching a crisis, and a stark analysis of where this leaves us. TEN BILLION is not another climate book. TEN BILLION is a book about us. (Warning don’t read this book, if you are feeling a little down. It’s not the most uplifting read.)

 

Jeffrey_Moussaieff_Masson_The_Face_On_Your_Plate_smThe Face On Your Plate: Jeffrey Mousaieff Masson.   In this revelatory work, Masson shows how food affects our moral selves, our health, and the environment. It raises questions to make us conscious of the decisions behind every bite we take: What effect does eating animals have on our land, waters, even global warming? What are the results of farming practices—debeaking chickens and separating calves from their mothers—on animals and humans? How does the health of animals affect the health of our planet and our bodies? And uniquely, as a psychoanalyst, Masson investigates how denial keeps us from recognizing the animal at the end of our fork—think pig, not bacon—and each food and those that are forbidden.  We share 85% of our DNA with fish, Masson spotlights many very recent studies, such as those revealing that fish, like people, have long memories, and are actually quite intelligent creatures.  Jeff makes us consider: do fish deserve less respect, should their death should be less troubling?

 

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Forks over Knives. Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug and major medical operations have become routine. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases. Could it be there’s a single solution to all of these problems? A solution so comprehensive, but so utterly straightforward, that it’s mind-boggling that more of us haven’t taken it seriously? FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

 

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Earthlings is a powerful and informative documentary about society’s treatment of animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. This multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about animals or wishes to make the world a better place.

Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Earthlings an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, Earthlings is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.

“Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”

 

plantpoweredmen

Plant-powered Men is a collection of interviews and papers written by men from around the world who are passionate about living a plant-powered lifestyle. This book is for anyone who wants to increase their strength, endurance, performance and energy. If you are interested in getting the edge in fitness training and competition or simply having greater health and energy to enjoy life, Plant-powered Men will inspire and motivate you to achieve your goals and highest potential. This book is written by men for men. It is full of examples of strong, healthy men who are absolutely thriving on a plant-powered diet, the way nature intended. Plant-powered Men includes recipes, fitness tips, nutrition information and practical ways to transition to a plant-powered diet. It is also motivational in nature and the perfect book for someone who is curious about getting into the plant-powered way of life. This book will give you the confidence to take the next step and make a successful transition. Plant-powered Men – Happier, healthier, stronger

 

plantPlant-Powered Women is part memoir, part cookbook, part crusade. An enlightened perspective on veganism, women and their professional and personal success. Filled with inspiration and wisdom, Plant-Powered Women shares profiles of prominent vegan women who’ve made their mark in every arena of life. From athletes to vegan advocacy to media professionals, readers everywhere will resonate with their phenomenal stories. These women pull no punches when it comes to their pursuit of health, peace and an eco-friendly world. They aren’t just creating a legacy, they are living legends! In these pages, you will connect with women from across the globe who are thriving on a plant-powered (vegan) diet and lifestyle. Be inspired by their powerful, encouraging and supportive words and their depth of experience living a healthy and compassionate life.

 

51gODmQg6mL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Circles of Compassion is a book of essays focusing on our connections with other animals and the Earth. Too often, we fail to recognize how forms of violence and oppression are connected. If we’re able to see and understand these connections, we can better leverage our collective efforts to bring about positive transformative change.

This book of essays from leading activists who work to end different forms of violence to help lead us to that path. Authors also provide practical guidance about how to make the individual, systems, and social changes necessary to effectively create a peaceful and just world for all. Illuminating the connections between injustice to animals and the various forms of social and ecological injustice, and the keys to creating a world of peace, compassion, and freedom by addressing the hidden roots of our dilemmas.

 

mmMeat Market elevates the debate over animal agriculture. Erik Marcus exposes and clears away the exaggerated claims and counterclaims put forth by the meat industry and its opponents. In the process, Marcus presents a thorough examination of animal agriculture’s cruelties and its far-reaching social costs. Marcus then considers the discouraging progress made by the animal protection movement. He evaluates where the movement has gone wrong, and how its shortcomings could best be remedied.

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