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America's Killer Diet

By Frances Moore Lappé // October 29, 2021


Our food is increasingly implicated in such major killers as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain cancers.


(Photo: Flickr/cc/Jens Hembach)


Originally Published on Common Dreams, October 29, 2021


My title is not hyperbole. I sure wish it were.


In composing a new opening chapter for the 50th anniversary edition of Diet for a Small Planet, I dug into America's big dietary changes over the last half-century. Of course, I was delighted to take in the heightened attention to the many pluses of shifting from grain-fed, meat-centered diets toward plant-centered eating. I hope the new edition is a joyful (and tempting) celebration of this vital shift.