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Veganism is exploding in popularity not only because of the health benefits but also the environmental impact and the positive effect on farm animals.
If you’re not vegan but want to learn what all the hype is about, these five books will have you reconsidering what you were taught about eating meat.
1. How Not to Die
How Not to Die, as the name suggests, outlines how to improve health and increase longevity. Author Dr. Michael Greger details the role that diet plays in America’s top 15 causes of death. Backed by a mountain of scientific data, he explains that many of the top killers, like heart disease and cancer, are due to poor diet and lifestyle choices, not genetics, and can be prevented in many cases with some key changes. The book includes steps you can take and a list foods you should be eating daily to increase your life expectancy.
2. Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows
Human beings in much of the world would never consider inflicting the pain, torture and suffering onto dogs that we do to farm animals. In Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows, Melanie Joy sets out to explain the double standard. Joy argues that most human beings are compassionate and would ordinarily not want animals to suffer but explains how social conditioning has made us numb to the reality of the suffering we cause to these innocent creatures.
3. The China Study
The China Study, one of the most comprehensive studies ever done on human health, took 20 years to complete and studied thousands of people in 65 different Chinese counties. Researcher T. Colin Campbell published the results of his findings in this book which compares the effects of people who eat a plant-based diet with those who eat meat regularly. The results have had a profound impact, and this is part of why many in the scientific community no longer consider meat a health food.
4. Comfortably Unaware
Comfortably Unaware, by Dr. Richard Oppenlander, brings awareness to the impact that eating meat has on the environment. The book expounds on the mind-boggling amount of water, land and other resources animal agriculture requires and the impact it has on the world in which we live. If you had no idea just how much damage you are doing to the environment with that plate of meat, you certainly will after you read this book.
5. Animal Liberation
Animal Liberation, originally published in 1975, is often credited as giving rise to what has became the animal liberation movement. Author Peter Singer asserts that while animals are different, they should be afforded moral consideration based on their ability to suffer and feel pain. And although a lot has changed in animal agriculture since the time the book was originally published, it has been updated and is still pertinent in today’s world.