20 years a dedicated vegan ... invested morally, nutritionally, and politically into this lifestyle ... then a monumental shift back to an omnivorous life to try and rescue her failing health! Lierre Keith then wrote a book about this change and discussed the flaws, from her perspective, on the underlying principles of vegetarianism and veganism. The praise for her book was clear to see, but so was the kickback! Online criticism, attack on character, and even death threats followed from those who disagreed! A decade on from the publication of The Vegetarian Myth and we speak with Lierre about her life and experiences since.
Lierre Keith is an American writer, food activist, and an environmentalist. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability (2009). She is co-author, with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet (Seven Stories Press, 2011) and she’s the editor of The Derrick Jensen Reader: Writings on Environmental Revolution (Seven Stories Press, 2012).
This episode is an instant classic! Lierre shares some great insights into her life since the publication of her highly influential book. We review some of the fundamental principles of the book and also the impact it has had on her life, including:
During the show, Lierre refers specifically to a study regarding brain size and dietary choices. We believe this is the study she was referring to.
You may also enjoy our past interview in Episode 27 with Dr Natasha Campbel--McBride, titled The rise of Vegetarianism.
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