John Robbins: “Diet for a New America” | Talks at Google

Americans today spend a smaller percentage of our income on food than any people in the history of the world. We spend vastly more on disease care than any people have ever done. And we have the highest rate of obesity any nation has ever experienced. What do we need to know, and what do we need to do, to turn the tide?

John Robbins author of Diet for a New America will detail the impact that our eating habits have not only on our own health but on the world around us as well. He’ll also reveal explosive truths behind the food on American plates. Truths that the purveyors of the Great American Food Machine would rather us not know that Robbins’ has dedicated his life and career to uncovering and sharing with the world.

About the Author:
Bestselling author, social activist, and humanitarian. Recipient of the Rachel Carson Award, the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Award, the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award, and Green America’s Lifetime Achievement Award.



24 thoughts on “John Robbins: “Diet for a New America” | Talks at Google

  1. I thought the comment about the photo of the dairy cows taken in New Zealand was interesting. I live in NZ and a lot of our cows live on pretty fields but we also have many factory farms now, our slaughter houses are horrible. Over 60% of our rivers and water ways are polluted from dairy and we have a massive obesity and diabetes problem. Don't let the pretty pictures fool you.

  2. Totally agree with his point about what happens to emotions when eating meat. I thought the same thing to and looked into it. I came across a study carried out on pregnant women and hormone levels in response to meat intake. It absolutely makes a difference to the amount of stress hormones in the human body. On an anecdotal level I do feel a lot more chilled since I stopped eating animal products.

  3. whoa…. that was amazing! I do notice that he said "virtually" vegan, meaning almost entirely. Why would he not go all the way if he knows the facts?  I understand that for some going vegan is a journey but he has been in the game for years and years and years now.  I truly hope he goes full vegan one day! What an admirable guy.

  4. AMAZING that this was the film that turned Russell Simmons Vegan. I wasn't vegan until ten years ago and ONLY vegetarian for 19 years before going Vegan. HAD I known how horrific the Dairy and Egg Industries were also I would have cut those OUT as a too as soon as I learned the TRUTH. Odd how the USDA or the FDA doesn't give ALL the FACTS. GREED is the bottomline just like John Robbins says. Insanity of the GREED MACHINES!! Poor poor animals forced to live in MISERY as I type and the slaughter they claim are "humane" is just a disgusting and a total LIE and an OXYMORON. Sad the so called "animal lovers" in reality do NOT love animals and are just speciesist and CARNIST. The irony of hypocrites is MIND BLOWING!!!

  5. Robbins has compassion for the animals we eat and he is so right. I add 80 years of road kill, which means tens of thousands of squirrels, raccoons, opossums, groundhogs and deer and more are run down yearly! Why? Why do you and i have to drive 60 miles an hour, owning the road with dominance! Walkers, joggers and bikers and animals are inferior. Time to change: drive 20 miles per hour and work closer to home or leave earlier to get to work–this means new idea of road dominance of drivers is the given, change it!

  6. John I agree with your questioning on what happens to our emotions when we eat from animals who have been tortured and tormented. it has actually been proven that dogs get more aggressive or less aggressive according to what you feed them. I do think there is something there. Buddhists actually believe that being vegan actually helps humans be more calm and more gentle in nature. I do not know the science behind this, but the most kind gentle and truly calm people I know…the patient ones, are the vegans in my life. My grandma and my dad. My dad switched back to eating meat and his behaviour & patience changed, don't know if that is a clear enough link but I think so 🙂

  7. you are a true inspiration. your my kind of celebrity. thank you. and yeah i use to have icecream for breakfast and say ''i was getting my dairy in early''…. but thanks for people like you, there are vegan options now…. xo

  8. Non-factory animal farming made me vegetarian – believing that dairy and eggs are not healthy means I eat a plant based diet. Hearing this I am shocked at these inhumane farming practices.

  9. John Robbins – your the Guru of the Food Industry. I love the idea to put a tax on junk food and use that income to lower the price of fresh fruit and veg. Thank you for everything you do. The book, 'Food Revolution' had a massive impact on my decision to go plant-based raw vegan. And I feel better then ever! It's cured my depression, weight and skin problems and brain fog.

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