Gone Vegan

Lindsay Hutton discovers the politics and pragmatics behind a meat and dairy-free diet.

If you read one health-related book this year, let it be The Food Revolution by John Robbins. 

This book had been sitting on my shelf for the past six months, catching dust and dozens I’ll-get-to-you-eventually gazes. Last week, I finally had the time to crack it, and I am immeasurably pleased I did. 

John Robbins was born into the Baskin & Robbins ice cream empire, but decided early on that a life a spoiled heir wasn’t up his alley (Paris Hilton, take note). Instead, he spent ten years in a log cabin off the coast of British Columbia and fostered a passion for vegetarianism, DIY-food production and environmental activism. 

Those of you rolling your eyes, take heed: this book isn’t the patchouli-soaked hippie tripe you may be imagining. It’s not a flashy diet book filled with empty promises and quick fixes, either. Rather, it urges a more mindful gaze of what we eat and why, and how the choice of how we fill our bellies can mean life or death for our planet and ourselves. 

I couldn’t put it down. Do your body, family and ecosystem a favour and read this book.