I've always counted on John's books to be well-researched, compelling and full of really eye-opening and useful information. No Happy Cows is no exception. This book covers a broad range of topics related to food, health and being human in a time of great tragedy and suffering on the planet.
John Robbins is no stranger to pain and tragedy - in his own life and in our larger collective life. He turns his attention to the darkest places and asks the hardest questions, yet he is consistently a voice for hope. Not the hope that's a positive affirmation glossing over difficulty, but a hope that comes from going all the way through the difficulty and connecting with what is most beautiful and precious about being alive in this time.
I know many people whose lives were forever changed by reading John's first book, the bestseller Diet for a New America. Thank you, John, for once again stepping boldly into territory and topics that aren't covered in the mainstream media, and bringing an investigative journalist-approach to unearthing the information we need to make informed choices and bring more integrity to our modern lives.
After addressing issues of junk food, GMOs, fair trade coffee and the possible health benefits of chocolate, John devotes the last section of the book to being human in a troubled world and how we can relate to each other and to life with compassion and love.
He asserts that we are living in an age of miracles and creativity that is more powerful than the forces of destruction. I agree with John that "In the depths of our shared pain, we can also experience our shared caring, our mutual prayers, and the roots of our capacity to act...Something precious can be born in times like these."
If you're interested in making healthy food choices and also exploring the deeper questions of how to live a more conscious life, then I highly recommend No Happy Cows.