Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet

Comfortably Unaware What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet In Comfortably Unaware Dr Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of global depletion as it relates to food choice We should all be aware of our diet s consequences on the environment and commi

  • Title: Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet
  • Author: Richard Oppenlander
  • ISBN: 9780825306860
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Comfortably Unaware, Dr Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of global depletion as it relates to food choice We should all be aware of our diet s consequences on the environment and commit to seeking food products that are in the best interest of all living things His stark mental images are often disturbing and that s how it should be We need to be shaIn Comfortably Unaware, Dr Richard Oppenlander tackles the crucial issue of global depletion as it relates to food choice We should all be aware of our diet s consequences on the environment and commit to seeking food products that are in the best interest of all living things His stark mental images are often disturbing and that s how it should be We need to be shaken out of our complacency and understand how to ensure the well being of our planet and of ourselves Oppenlander presents this information in easy to read chapters on issues including rainforests, oceans, and the air we breathe His fresh insight on this controversial topic goes beyond the familiar warnings about global warming His book is essential reading he provides new perspectives on how this global crisis reached such startling proportions, and how to solve the problem Comfortably Unaware will open your eyes to the global effects of your food choices and, hopefully, will encourage you to make a difference.

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    1. Richard Oppenlander

      Dr Oppenlander is a sustainability consultant, researcher, and author whose book, Comfortably Unaware , has been endorsed as a must read by Ellen DeGeneres, Dr Michael Klapper, Dr Jane Goodall, and Dr Neal Barnard, and many others Dr Oppenlander s most recent book titled, Food Choice and Sustainability , has won numerous awards including the 2014 International Book Award for Social Change and the 2014 Green Book Festival Award and is being used by think tanks and strategists for developing initiatives to advance change.Dr Oppenlander has spent the past 40 years studying the effects food choices have on our planet and on us He started an organic plant based production company, operates an animal rescue sanctuary with his wife Jill , developer of the first environment food choice academy course of study and subsequent ambassador program, and is the founder and president of the non profit organization, Inspire Awareness Now.

    190 thoughts on “Comfortably Unaware: What We Choose to Eat Is Killing Us and Our Planet”

    1. Cowspiracy fans will know the name Richard Oppenlander. He was very prolific in that film, one of several experts commenting throughout. In a sense, then, this book is like an aftershow party for Cowspiracy, taking the discussion on into the small hours with all the conversation that they couldn't fit into the 90 minutes running time. And, safe to say, if Cowspiracy didn't convince you that animal agriculture is killing more than just the animals; our oceans, our rainforests, our atmosphere and [...]

    2. A must read. The effects of eating meat are laid out clearly and effectively. The facts are in, the arguments are plentiful - the dire state of our planet is directly connected to the impacts our food choice has on: global depletion (especially land, water, rain forests, the oceans, soil), climate change, the environment, loss of biodiversity, world hunger, and more.No other book has as much research so unapologetically presented – this is the most broadly supported set of arguments available. [...]

    3. This book is about as engaging as a stack of PCRM pamphlets stapled together. It also pretends to be about "the crucial issue of 'global depletion' as it relates to food choice," when it is really only about the effects of eating meat. Oppenlander doesn't touch on the environmental effects of non-animal foods at all, except when referring to the crops grown to feed them. This is a dishonest way to push veganism on the unsuspecting eco-curious folks who pick up this book without noting the Jane G [...]

    4. While I agree with a large portion of what Oppenlander says - his way of presenting it is so antagonistic, I can't imagine this work being well received by the non-believers he's trying to recruit to his cause.Yes: global warming is a very real problem, as are overfishing, deforestation, declining health, pollution and water / food security issues. Also, I agree that subsidies to these large industrial agribusinesses are absurd and should be discontinued - but these subsidies also exist in corn [...]

    5. An eye-opener that asks the right questions, helps readers grasp the urgency of our environmental predicament and shows us the easy solutions to act now. The choice is ours!"As consumers, it is time that we have a conscience; it is long overdue. Ask questions, increase your awareness, and become more savvy in the decision-making process, based in what is in the planet's best interest. In the case of food, that choice is in your best interest as well. One of the greatest injustices our culture ha [...]

    6. Great book, learnt a lot from this. If you care about global warming please read it. What we choose to eat is killing our planet and ourselves. Make the right choice

    7. This is an indictment of animal foods on environmental grounds. As such, it is in a category by itself, and this is an important reason for recommending this. It is well researched and has a lot of material that you can't find elsewhere, including some material that I hadn't seen anywhere myself -- and I follow this topic rather closely. He talks about a number of important environmental issues: climate change (which he calls "global warming"), the destruction of rainforests, desertification and [...]

    8. EVERYONE MUST READ THIS BOOK. It is so incredibly important. I know at times the author comes across as self-important and unprofessional, but after years of researching how horrible the effects of a simple lifestyle choice are, I would come across this way too! The information provided is impeccably researched and frankly unarguable. To reiterate: EVERYONE MUST READ THIS BOOK. I've been vegan 1 1/2 years now, and it's the best choice I've made in my entire 19 years so far.

    9. Let me preface with saying that i work in the field of sustainability and the heart of this message i do not disagree with: consumption of animal products damaging the earth at a much greater rate than we can sustain. That said, this book is a disorganized repetition of too many facts. Preachy, arrogant and ineffectual. He makes broad assumptions that are only loosely based on (distorted and misrepresented) facts. Self-proclaimed as new and "enlightening" I found very little I didn't already kno [...]

    10. A must read for anyone interested in how our planet is affected by our enormous dependence on eating animals. It is loaded with facts about the negative effects on our environment, and why a plant based diet is essential to the survival of our Earth. I bought two copies of the book and will pass it around to my friends and familyat is, if they dare to read it and not be motivated to change their food choices.

    11. Presents some interesting points, sometimes absolutist and ethnocentric. I'd recommend this if you were interested in this kinda thing, otherwise it might be too callous and patronizing. I would've liked better cultural perspectives and less "people in Asia and Africa are X because they don't consume Y" but what can you expect from a white author lmao.

    12. Appreciate and intrigued by the message; totally put off by the approach and tone. He is an angry man. Also the writing is disjointed and reads like a homework assignment.

    13. “Questo non è solo l’ennesimo libro sull’alimentazione: svela la verità su quello che mangiamo e sugli effetti che ha su di noi e sul nostro pianeta. Parla della nostra ‘comoda incoscienza’ rispetto alla verità e del modo in cui potremmo cambiare. Il proposito di questo libro è offrire una base informativa imparziale a partire dalla quale i lettori possano, perlomeno, avere la possibilità di accrescere la loro consapevolezza sulle scelte alimentari e sull’impatto che esse hanno, [...]

    14. Wow! A real eye opener! Are you ready for the truth? If not, don't read this book. Because it will challenge you as it did me. If you want to live your life consciously and educate yourself, then read away. The affect of our eating animal products is laid out in such a poignant manner that it nettles the conscience to change or live without care for a world outside our little box of unawareness. Even if you don't care about others, at least, if you are a narcissist, you could focus on the health [...]

    15. This is a very eye opening book. It is scary to think about how many of our resources go to raising the animals we eat, animals that are not very good for us. That said, I do not like the hard line he takes with the changes we need to make. Oppenlander wants us all to stop eating all animals products immediately. That is not really realistic. I am in the process of changing my diet to eat healthier and for me that does include phasing out meat. I will probable always eat a little meat, but I thi [...]

    16. Tratta un tema molto interessante cioè le conseguenze dell'allevamento intensivo e la pesca.Questo libro ci apre un mondo per molti sconosciuto perché informati male.È un libro che informa come l'ambiente venga deturpato dagli allevamenti intensivi e come vengano taciuti tutti gli sprechi da esso.Vi consiglio di leggerlo

    17. Eating animals is a choice, not a physiological mandate. Therefore, there is no reason to produce them, particularly knowing how detrimental this practice is to our health and the health of our planet- as well as knowing the benefits of plant-based food.

    18. Made the same point over and over again, made me lost interest to read further. But point taken, we need to correct our food choices.

    19. Meh. This book left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Although the information is well presented and concise, there was nothing too special about the delivery. My favourite kind of non fiction gives me a good sense of the author's voice, and I often see the author as an omniscient and knowledgeable narrator with a distinctive personality. Rather than letting the 'story' be told naturally, however, this book felt like the author's rant and he came off as egotistical and arrogant. His writing read [...]

    20. More on the issues that our planet is facing caused by big agriculture, especially the meat industry. Global warming is just the tip of the iceberg. We are facing depletion of our soil that will lead to famine, depletion of our water from aquifers that have played a vital role in grain production, depletion of our oceans where fish are in greater demand and shortening supply while our oceans are dying, depletion of our air quality, depletion of our forests that are the lungs of the earth, and de [...]

    21. Great book! I first saw this author in the movie Cowspiracy (excellent movie, by the way). The day after watching that movie I bought this book. I knew much of what as in there already, and much of it repeats throughout the book. However, it's excellent information that everyone who eats should take the time to read. We eat three times per day. Each meal is a chance to make a decision that is harmful to the planet or sustainable. Only armed with the knowledge between the two will people be more [...]

    22. I just read this book via Blinkist, but - consider Blinkist had delivered everything objectively and exactly the same way the book did - I found out easily that Oppenlander's negative-mood was so prominent while he delivered the idea within this book, despite his sharp analysis on environment problems and natural food chain nowadays.I didn't say that I was not agree with his concerns about rainforest and global environment issues. But I didn't agree about the way he "execute" his concerns in thi [...]

    23. Same ol' stuff I've read in a lot of other books & resources, so I didn't learn anything new. The author claims to not have an agenda and to be simply telling us the truth, which he does, but he also has an agenda. Btw, I agree with his agenda - we should all stop eating meat. It's destroying our planet & destroying our health. Yes, those are facts, and yes, that is the truth. But be honest about the intention of the book, and be honest about your agenda. I was put off by that.All that a [...]

    24. The author tried to have a vegan restaurant and food service company but failed and got so angry that he wrote this book. While it makes many valid and alarming points, including the amount of the dwindling fresh water supply used to raise beef cattle, I was not convinced of his main point: everyone in the world must immediately become vegan or the world is going to end. No cutting down on meat or changing agricultural practices will suffice. He helpfully explains at the beginning of the book th [...]

    25. This book was full of scientific information about how our food choices affect our planet and specifically global warming. However, it was explained in a way that any lay person can understand. And I love that all of the author's sources were cited in the back of the book. It was scary to read about our dwindling water supply here in the US and how much water it actually takes to raise and slaughter cattle for consumption. Lots of eye opening revelations in this book.

    26. I had a hard time with the beginning of this book. Despite reading the preface, I had a hard time with the author's harsh tone. Finally, after a few chapters, it sunk in that my view of the author's harshness was in fact the author's passion coming through his writing. After realizing that, I was able to get through the book with no problem.

    27. A good book with good information, but nothing much new for me here. It is a fast read, and isn't too "sciencey", but gives good, useful information. If I hadn't read all this in other books, I'd probably get much more out of it. As a professor of Biology of Food, I am considering having students read this for class. Solid.

    28. There is plenty of great information in this book. LOTS of statistics, which, while very important, aren't the sort of things that keep me engrossed in a book. I'm already a believer and I was before I bought the book. After reading it, I now know why. If you're looking for statistical information, this book would earn five stars.

    29. By demanding to eat meat, dairy and fish, we are contributing to world hunger, water scarcity, poor land management, pollution and even climate change. Our lifestyles and food industry operates are not sustainable, and the only way to change that is to become more environmentally conscious and careful about what we eat.

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