Diet, Health, and the Evironment

Supplemental Materials to be used in IE III Active Listening (Diet For a New America) and in Academic Skills (Deva Deva).


A little more than 30 years, John Robbins wrote a book called Diet for a New America, which was influential in changing how many Americans think about how their dietary choices affect animals, the environment, and their own health. He later made a video that was based on the book. We will be watching parts of that video and discussing its content, which is just as important and valid today as when it was made.

Interestingly, John Robbins is the son and nephew of the co-founders of the ice cream chain Baskin-Robbins. Instead of following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, he left the company (and all the money that would come with it) to live a much simpler life with his wife and child on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. From there, he wrote books and began his advocacy work by founding the Food Revolution Network and the non-profit “EarthSave.”

Here is a video featuring interviews with the owners of a vegetarian restaurant called Deva Deva. This video is meant to be used with material designed for Academic Skills.