A Vegetarian Sourcebook:
Ecology, and Ethics of a Natural Foods Diet
(Denver: Vegetarian Press, 1993)
This book is now out of print, but is widely available as a
used book, e. g. Abe
Books was selling used copies of A Vegetarian Sourcebook for $1 last
time I checked.
Here is the indispensable guide to the "why" of a vegetarian diet
-- the nutrition, ecology, and ethics of a natural foods diet. Now
completely revised and updated, this book explains the vegetarian diet from the
point of view of science, medicine, ecology, world hunger, compassion, and
religion. It is an essential volume for everyone concerned about health
and longevity, the fate of the earth, and the well-being of our fellow
It's been a long time since I revised the book in 1993. I won't
be publishing any further revisions, but if I were, here's how I would
revise the book:
Revisions to "Vegetarian
Revisions to "Vegetarian Ecology"
Revisions to "Vegetarian Ethics"
About the book:
This book is oriented toward issues surrounding the vegetarian
diet. Thus, it covers problems, questions, and concerns about the reasons
for becoming a vegetarian. Veganism is also covered, since -- as the
author points out -- most of the reasons for being a vegetarian are also
applicable to being a vegan.
There are three broad sections in the book: Vegetarian Nutrition, Vegetarian
Ecology, and Vegetarian Ethics. The section on vegetarian nutrition
considers both how vegetarian diets "get the good things" (protein,
vitamin B-12, other nutrients) and avoids the bad things (heart disease, cancer,
other diseases). The section on vegetarian ecology considers various
agricultural resources and issues, such as land, water, forests, energy, soil
erosion, world history, and social and political issues. Finally, the
section on vegetarian ethics considers both the broad issues concerning the
treatment of animals, and the major philosophical and religious systems which
deal with vegetarianism: Plato and ancient Philosophy, modern philosophy,
Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, as well as the history
of the vegetarian movement itself.
A Vegetarian Sourcebook was the first book to point out and give emphasis to
all three major areas of concern for the modern vegetarian movement, and the first
book to give any substantial emphasis to environmental issues. It still stands as
a benchmark for books on vegetarianism because of the breadth and depth of its treatment of
fundamental vegetarian issues.