• The Great Plant-Based Con

  • Why Eating a Plants-Only Diet Won't Improve Your Health or Save the Planet
  • By: Jayne Buxton
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 19 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Plant-based is best for health, go vegan to help save the planet, eat less meat.... Almost every day we are bombarded with the seemingly incontrovertible message that we must reduce our consumption of meat and dairy—or eliminate them from our diets altogether.

But what if the pervasive message that the plant-based diet will improve our health and save the planet is misleading—or even false? What if removing animal foods from our diet is a serious threat to human health, and a red herring in the fight against climate change.

In The Great Plant-Based Con, Jayne Buxton demonstrates that each of these 'what-ifs' is, in fact, a reality. Drawing on the work of numerous health experts and researchers, she uncovers how the separate efforts of a constellation of individuals, companies and organisations are leading us down a dietary road that will have severe repercussions for our health and wellbeing, and for the future of the planet.

The Great Plant-Based Con is neither anti-plant nor anti-vegan—it is a call for us to take an honest look at the facts about human diets and their effect on the environment. Shocking and eye-opening, this book outlines everything you need to know to make more informed decisions about the food you choose to eat.

©2021 Jayne Buxton (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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Great balance with lots of science to back it up

Full disclosure: I’m a herbivore and am trying to figure out what the best diet for myself is. I listen to arguments from all camps, including vegans and vegetarians.

I found this book to provide a good, healthy sceptic view. It isn’t based on the opinion of the writer, as she clearly bases her findings on science and many references. And yes, studies are cherry-picked, but there is no other way to dit it as there are thousands of studies for and against, each done with different degrees of proper study design and relying on funding from different groups that have something to gain.

In a world where it seems to be impossible to know who to believe anymore, I found this book a light in the dark. Well done.

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Comprehensive and well-researched book!

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Jayne Buxton did an incredible job telling this important story in a balanced and informative way. I have been in the health and nutrition space for over 15 years, and have grappled with what to eat, and what to recommend to my clients. I have personally interviewed many of the experts that she cites, who have all confirmed Jayne‘s findings. This book is not a condemnation of eating plants, but a more honest report on the idea that plant-based diets are absolutely the very best for our health and the health of the planet. I would encourage anybody to read this book, keeping an open mind, and realizing that the plant-based narrative is not all that it’s made out to be.

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Exceptionally well researched

Fantastic information for anyone, especially those that have fallen prey to the vegan propaganda. Skipping meat will neither help the planet nor your health.

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One of the most comprehensive books I've ever read

To say this book goes deep is an understatement; even after several years of low carb eating and research I still learned a ton. The book also helped me clear up some lingering ethical questions I had surrounding meat consumption with real science and perspectives I had never considered. This book is not anti-plant foods, or even anti-veganism, but does make it clear that it is nearly impossible to be healthy or be environmentally friendly without animal foods and the proper farming and raising of them.

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Simply outstanding!

This book completely destroys the plant based narrative but unfortunately, I doubt any vegans will even read it and for the few who do, they’ll be suffering from cognitive dissonance and likely won’t change their warped minds.

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Great information.

The reading becomes robotic at times. But I feel I'm better off for having the information presented in this book. I thank the author, the performer, and everyone else behind the scenes who brought it to me. Bravo!

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Content is ok, presentation of audio needs help

I'm not gonna deal with the information in this review. The bottom line is you're probably already primed to believe it if you're reading / listening. Just human nature at work. It's reasonably well presented.

What is phenomenally distracting is British writer's words being read in an American accent. Things get weird, for example, when British pronounciations are used and the character "/" is read as "stroke". One might consider this nit picky, but when health is being discussed and an American accent says "stroke", it's pretty easy to jump to the thing that happens to a brain.

These accent vs pronounciation (and whatever the stroke thing is) have served to drive me bananas.

The narrator also makes a couple of pronounciation flubs and seems like was tripping over some cumbersome sentences. And then these things were left in.

Since Audible is selling AUDIO books, I think these things are somewhat noteworthy. I'm providing this more as feedback to those who produced this work. I don't mean to take away from its value. And, unfortunately, its perceived value will likely depend on which side of the issues discussed you've already decided you're on.

Have an open mind? Dive in.

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POWERFUL!!!

i was deeply damaged by plant-based eating and am grateful Jayne Buxton wrote this book to share the truth about this evil con - hopefully enough folks access this before going down the painful dark road i did.

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It’s all here!

Jayne covers the whole story. This will provide you with the overall information. You can then dig deeper with any one the specialists she cites to dig deeper into a given topic.
A perfect book on the matter.

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very informative

Very informative ànd well researched book. if you truly care about your health then this book is highly recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-22

Cutting through to the truth

At long a last common sense book about the most important part of our lives ,FOOD.Brilliantly researched and written!

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  • Chris P.
  • 08-02-22

A must read.

If you are interested in...

Health and nutrition
Saving the planet
Or how big business affect government policy

Then this book is for you.

However if your food choices are driven by ideology then you should probably pass. The facts will just upset you.

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  • David Howard Rigden
  • 06-28-22

A must ‘read’ for the benefit of the planet and our health.

This book is an eye opener which, through diligent research, illustrates how we are all being led by the nose to unhealthy diets, reliant on cheap foods, with insufficient nutrients that lead to: Poor health; obesity; diabetes and increasing mental health issues, to name but a few of the many problems being experienced by adults and children alike today.

This book is not anti-vegan or anti-vegetarian, although it does highlight the disingenuous, irrational and inaccurate campaigns lodged against farmed meat via those pursuing the global ‘plant-based agenda’. Although, the author is highly critical of the mass production of cheap meat, and unsustainable farming in general; be it for a meat, vegetarian, vegan or omnivorous diets.

In her book, Jane Buxton points out the flaws in epidemiological studies and how they have been manipulated to pursue a global plant-based dietary agenda that is destroying our health and in danger of causing irreparable damaging the planet: But…. The book offers a solution, that will benefit the planet, our health (whatever our eating choices) and provide sustainability, whilst rectifying the damage that has already been done!

Well structured, well balanced, deeply researched, vastly informative, highly accessible, and narrated beautifully by Laurel Lefkow, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. Superb!

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  • Jason Solloway
  • 07-11-22

Great…. But why the title?

The only down side of this book is the title.
Why be so strident?

I nearly didn’t read it and a friend insisted that I did. Glad I did.

I have consumed a relatively clean diet for many years and as recommended I started to introduce more and more plant foods. Then I started to feel odd and found I felt better when introducing animals foods again, which came with a pang of guilt and shame.

This book put everything into perspective with the data to back it and in a compassionate delivery.

A staple of any family book shelf….. and a must for young people in their formative years. Will save decades of misery, hunger and shame.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-22

A very well researched and well written book.

This book is well researched and well written. A must-read for anyone interested in health and nutrition. Just wish it had been writted years ago.

This book exposes the biases and manipulation, and downright fraud, of nutrition science since the inception of the field. It shows how ideology and vested interest have hi-jacked this field of research for decades, maybe even more than a century. And have done so at the expense of human health and flourishing, the environment, and the planet.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Read it! Just read it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-22

Excellent book

I would recommend this book to all that are interested in their own health and that of the environment.
For many that have been swayed by the increasing loud messages of embracing a plant based diet, but are still not feeling the benefit or worried about the increasing number of processed products on our supermarket shelves, this the book for you.
I feel confident I am now on the right path.
Clearly read, easy to understand.

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  • J M
  • 08-29-22

Excellent book

If you care about your health and the planet, read this book. Animal foods, which humans have eaten for millennia, are essential for optimum human health, and regenerative farming is essential for the health of our planet. Don't be fooled by plant-based / vegan propaganda, which is largely driven by those who stand to profit by promoting the expensive, ultra-processed junk food they produce, and who have no concern for human health. Humans need to eat real wholefoods from both the plant and animal kingdoms, not laboratory and factory-produced 'food' products.

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  • Rosemary
  • 08-28-22

A balanced view on the plant based diet

I really enjoyed this book. The author gave a balanced well researched view on omnivore and plant based eating. She definitely debunked the go vegan to save the planet and your health. She made me even more determined to only eat pasture raised, free range animal protein.

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  • sg
  • 08-20-22

great book

Very informative! Everyone should read it. Ive suspected for a little while now that the vegan health and climate change narrative that's currently being pushed was off, this book digs into all of it and sets it straight.

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  • NICOLE
  • 07-31-22

Thorough debunking of veganism

I think this is a fantastic counterbalance to the orthodoxy of plant based (euphemism for veganism) is the answer. it's made me realise that it's important to challenge this whereas before I knew that meat was healthy, I now know soil health is a community issue (grassroots). Long luve the Ruminati! Thank you for your diligence Jayne in making a case for eating grass fed animals in the context of a real food diet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-30-22

THE BOOK THE ELETE AND WORL DONT WANT YOU TO READ

After triple bypass surgery i researched diets and found the Keto diet , i have lost 27 k and my cronic arthritis now doesn't affect me so bad and getti g better , this book opened my eyes to the corruption behind Medical/ food/Government total disregard for our health and treating us like feed lot cattle with their only interest was profit

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  • Stefan Mackay
  • 09-16-22

absolutely brilliant, should be in every school

a thorough exposé of modern nutrition and the absolute mis-information propagated by the big self centred institutions, lies basically.

I follow a lot of the people mentioned in this book.
Their knowledge and the wisdom reviewed in this book has changed my life.

renewed energy...
brain no longer foggy...
25 kgs lots in fat...
six pack and muscles I wish I had 40 years ago...
medications no longer required...
the list goes on...

Simply put.
Read the book, follow the people mentioned in the book.

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  • Margaret
  • 09-14-22

Informative

This was informative with lots of references. I will be listening to other books that she has recommended. We should all be cutting out as much processed food as we can and buy locally.

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  • Ron Miller
  • 08-10-22

nailed it!

Really manged to hit the nail on the head in an interesting and enjoyable way!

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  • D. Hopkins
  • 07-12-22

Excellent presentation of all the relevant info

This book is a terrific presentation of all aspects of the errors in the ever growing pro plant movement.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-28-22

Fascinating read

A must read for anyone interested in human health and the health of our planet.

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