Updated June 2, 2014
John Robbins, the bestselling author of Diet for a New America, discusses the far-reaching effects of meat production and factory farming. “Whether you’re concerned about human health, animal welfare, ecosystems, water shortages, or global warming, all roads lead to the same place: meat production,” says Robbins, noting that the cumulative effect of our choices is taking an enormous toll on the planet’s life support systems. For example, every fast food hamburger that comes from beef raised in the rainforest represents the destruction of 55 square feet of tropical rainforest. In addition, it takes as much water to produce just one pound of beef as an average person uses to shower for an entire year. “We can’t wait for a leader to gallop in save us and take the pork chop out of our hand. We have to say, this is my life. Am I really making the right choices?” (Recorded in 1991.)
Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health,” hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.
Download John Robbins (taped interview) – Duration: 36:21