Vegetarianism by Colin Spencer
A History

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Colin Spencer provides an in-depth account of vegetarianism. From prehistory to the present, he discusses those who came to vegetarianism by choice, from the religions who preach it such as Hinduism and Seventh-Day Adventism, to the individuals who practice it, including Leonardo da Vinci and, ironically, Adolf Hitler. Throughout history, vegetarians have been maligned and persecuted by their meat-eating brethren. Spencer looks at the psychology of abstention, the ideas behind a meat-free diet, as well as the environmental effects of meat production and the implications of genetic engineering. Although the vegetarian movement dates back to 600 B.C., it is only now becoming a practice valued by many who previously would have wondered, “Where’s the beef?”

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Published September 24, 2002 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 400 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Cooking, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Vegetarianism “is the diet which Gaia approves of and, if the human race are her infants, it is the only one by which she will suckle her brood,” writes Spencer (The Heretic’s Feast, not reviewed, etc.), taking for the purposes of argument the point of the view of the true-believer, extreme “vege...

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Spencer thinks that vegetarianism is part of a larger unwillingness to accept the way one's society functions--a stepping-back, as a prelude to attempting a reorganization.

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The Independent

This week’s instalment could easily be subtitled the ‘Cold War’ episode, so much of it is preoccupie...

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