Vegetarianism is not a diet trend, or the flavor of the month. Instead, it is a philosophy and practice with roots in antiquity. Vegetarianism has existed for centuries in much of the world as a social movement and subculture. In the United States, this subculture has existed for more than 200 years. In this book, the Iacobbos bring this thriving subculture to life. By exaVegetarianism is not a diet trend, or the flavor of the month. Instead, it is a philosophy and practice with roots in antiquity. Vegetarianism has existed for centuries in much of the world as a social movement and subculture. In the United States, this subculture has existed for more than 200 years. In this book, the Iacobbos bring this thriving subculture to life. By examining its businesses, organizations, events, scholarship, and influence on the arts, and by interviewing dozens of vegetarians and vegans, the authors reveal a subculture whose members hold a variety of perspectives on everything from animal rights to advocacy, politics, and religion.Building upon their previous book, a history of vegetarianism, the Iacobbos delve into its current incarnations. They include information on the food industry, health studies on the benefits of vegetarians and vegan ways of eating, the popularity of vegetarianism, and the backlash against it. They highlight the work of vegetarian advocates and provide a glimpse of the stores, magazines, restaurants, and organizations that bring this subculture together. Finally, they include projections for the future from vegetarians, environmentalists, lawyers, nutritionists, economists, and experts in animal rights....
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Vegetarians and Vegans in America Today Reviews
Despite its appearance and semi-academic diction, this book is superficial in approach, sometimes to the point of bias. For instance the assertion: "Ironically, the animal rights movement, largely made up of vegetarians, seems to lean toward support for legal abortion, while the pro-life movement seems uninterested in supporting animal rights." [91-92]To start, for either movement, this is a generalization without the support of statistical evidence. Secondly, it is authorial opinion that to support both abortion and animal rights is a contradiction. One could easily argue that a zygote should not be granted the existential rights of an already born, fully developed creature with awareness and an ability to feel pain. The Iacobbos state that both movements are more similar than different, citing a radical text which compares the "mass killing of animals...and unborn children to the Nazi Holocaust."  Only the most extremist of animal rights activists would compare the present animal slaughter to genocide; no matter how sentient the animal, it is a revolting provocation. Like PETA throwing paint, it aims to garner attention through an initially inflammatory action.I have, however, heard made more regularly the parallel between abortion and the Holocaust. This too is provocation, but the reference to genocide is not illogical considering the movement's belief in life at conception. Whatever the reader's credo, this is a typical example of the book's cursory and pseudo-intellectual writing.
A bit dry. I can't see anyone without a rather high interest in the portrayal of veganism bothering to finish this book to be honest.
Decent overview, and a quick read. Nothing too in-depth, though.The book is a compilation of information and quotes from interviews conducted by the authors.
Good collection of explanations of basic terms in Veg*nism and public opinion about them.