No Happy Cows – review

ImageNo Happy Cows: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the Food Revolution

For a while I toyed with the idea of calling this entry “Nothing To See Here, Folks – Move Along” because for most of you who read this blog, there is absolutely nothing of interest about this book.  Besides, you’ve probably read it all before.

It could seem like Deja Vu because these are the same old worn-out unsubstantiated vegan arguments you’ve heard a million times.  But then, it might be because you’ve read Robbins’ column on Huffington Post.  The book is a compilation of previously printed material from his column and his blogs, a tactic often used by pseudo-celebrities to create another revenue source from devoted followers that will buy anything with their hero’s name on it.

I started reading this book to glean honest and objective arguments from the vegan camp to balance out what I hear from my friends in the meat industry.  They’re not there.  Instead there is a plethora of opinion without the slightest hint of documentation to back it up, save gratuitous lists of books and films by fellow vegans.

By way of comparison, the book I previously reviewed, The Locavore’s Dilemma, had 46 pages of notes documenting the research that went into it.

Robbins is an activist, pure and simple.  He’s the son of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream founder Irv Robbins.  According to his website,

John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to “…pursue the deeper American Dream…the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing a wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem.”

Robbins is welcome to his opinions, but to me that’s all they are.  I didn’t find any substance here, just more hyperbole.

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About raybowman

church of Christ elder, farmer, grandad, agriculture writer and broadcaster

Posted on July 13, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This whole thing about “living in harmony with all life forms” is so ridiculous. Do these people not understand the FOOD CHAIN? Nature is BRUTAL. That’s the way it is. That’s the way the whole thing was designed, eat or be eaten. These folks don’t seem to understand that the beautiful mountains they wax poetic about are full of beautiful, natural, living things eating other beautiful, natural things for dinner. Next.

  2. If labels are scary, take the pressure off. Who says you have to answer for your choices anyways?? Certainly not me. It’s up to you what you eat, when and why! If you can’t fathom giving up seafood, focus on eliminating everything else. If chicken’s your downfall, eat less of other meats. Or if you want to eliminate all animals, do that! Just make sure your eating mantra reflects your true beliefs about your health and happiness. Once you’ve established in your mind what you want to avoid, what you want to consume, and what you want to explore, solidify it. Stand by it. You really aren’t obligated to explain your lifestyle decisions to anyone else! For example, my eating mantra is: Avoid meat and seafood, unless farm fresh or organically/sustainably farmed (and only extremely occasionally); consume as many plants as possible; explore new sources of protein and new types of fruits and veggies! I still own a leather jacket from before I was a vegetarian, I still eat eggs and cheese on occasion, I’m forever trying new vegan cheeses and recipes. I am a contradiction by other people’s standards but I live by my own. Decide what to be, and go be it. Don’t apologize!

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