The Vegetarian Myth

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The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability is a 2009 book by Lierre Keith. Keith is an ex-vegetarian who believes vegetarianism has damaged her health, and others.[1] Keith argues that agriculture is destroying not only human health but entire ecosystems, such as the North American prairie and destroys topsoil.[2]

The book resulted in extreme controversy, going as far as Keith being physically assaulted at a book reading.[3] Aric McBay says that Keith is not being provacative for the sake of it, rather she believes vegetarians have the right impulse but are misinformed about the facts.[4] Ian Fitzpatrick wrote that the book is at the core about the unsustainable nature of modern agriculture, but is "disguised" as a treaty against vegetarianism.[5] Susan Schenck said the book was "full of hard core indisputable research" and praised its take down of the cholesterol myth and the impacts of soy which she says is causing Alzheimer's, early puberty, undescended testicles, and cancer.[6] However Schenck disagrees that vegetarians are necessarily unhealthy, believing each individual has different abilities to synthesize the needed nutrients from different foods.[6]


  1. ^ Keith Goetzman (May 22, 2009). "Are Vegetarians Living a Lie?". Utne Reader. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Uttarika Kumaran (February 20, 2010). "Vegan Wars". Daily News and Analysis. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  3. ^ Lane, Walker (Spring 2011). "The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice and Sustainability/Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World". Fifth Estate. 46 (1). Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  4. ^ McBay, Aric (January 2009). "The Herbivore's Dilemma". Briarpatch. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Ian (May 2010). "The Vegetarian Myth". New Internationalist. Issue 432. Retrieved July 27, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Schenck, Susan (October 19, 2009). "Book Review: The Vegetarian Myth By Lierre Keith". McClatchy - Tribune Business News. Washington. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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