Mad Cowboy: Plain Truth from the Cattle Rancher Who Won't Eat Meat Paperback – Aug 2 2001
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Studs Terkel Howard Lyman is fighting not only for our health but for our nation's sanity as well. He challenges not only mad cows, but a mad system.
Jeremy Rifkin author of Beyond Beef Howard Lyman's personal odyssey from cowboy to cattle rancher to animal rights activist, environmentalist, and vegetarian is an inspiring chronicle.
Dave Bowman The Seattle Times Digest the facts in Mad Cowboy, and you may never look at prime rib in the same way again.
John Robbins author of Diet for a New America Buy ten copies; give them to people you love. This is the real thing.
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Howard F. Lyman is president of the International Vegetarian Union. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia.See all Product Description
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The majority of the book covers the detrimental effects to the environment and our health in choosing a meat-based diet to include chemical farm management, antibiotics, bovine growth hormone, mad cow disease and related human diseases, loss of forest, top soil, desertification, global warming, loss of wildlife, water pollution, etc. You'll get a nice education of the kind of foods they feed cattle that we in turn ingest. The last chapter includes some sound dietary recommendations.
He writes: "It's humbling to think that, even after turning over the greater share of our public land to cattle ranchers, and in spite of the massive feedlot operations fouling our country, we Americans still need to import beef to satisfy our collective demand for heart attacks. In the process, we facilitate the chopping down of Central and South American rain forest, while leaving the populations of those countries impoverished."
This book is an excellent introduction to the horrendous negative impact beef production and consumption is having to our health and the health of our planet. It holds a permanent place in my library.
Simply put, these highly human adulterated, drugged meats and pus-filled milk are unhealthy for humans directly and indirectly, because the cattle they come from are also very unhealthy to the enviroment. We really are competing with these trampling and fecal generating bovines for the control of the planet and our water supply! They are not an efficient food supply to rely on. Growing organic vegetables and grain multiplies the planet's efficiency for self-sustinence where cattle has the opposite effect.
The author mentions a vegetarian alternative, though I don't agree with all his recommendations, such as using Canola oil (olive oil is still the safest) and certain soy derivatives (which are fractured foods) they are still a much better alternative than eating anything from a cow from people who don't care what they feed it, or what they inject in it. Their whole mantra seems to be with milk or meat is, "just get rid of it" and repeat the process. I guess they even find what they are doing disgusting!
There is an interesting part on drinking milk with the unproven rBGH growth hormone milk. The real reason the drug company won't remove this guinea-pig type and useless drug is told in the book. It's borders on appalling considering milk is given mostly to growing children.
He also makes a interesting case about why we have gotten fatter on supposedly low-fat diets.Read more ›
I have seen feedlots firsthand, as well as a slaughterhouse from start to finish. It has definitely changed my eating habits, but for America to stop eating meat, ALL of the citizens have to come to a realization as to the origin of their meat. Save for a few organizations who publicize this type of info don't look for widespread veganism to come to fruition anytime soon.
And for the poster about eating animals prepared Kosher, this is even more cruel, as the animals are totally conscious when their throats are cut. At least the current slaughter industry renders them unconscious before killing them.
Kosher is not equal to a higher quality of meat. Temple Grandin has done major work to change slaughter practices, and some of the worst and most cruel slaughterhouses she visited were Kosher ones. Keep this in mind the next time you tout the superiority of Kosher.
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How can we get more people to read this book? I just heard that Tesla motors will be having "Vegan Interiors" on their new cars. This is a good sign for the future!!Published 22 days ago by rhea
Thanks Howard for an informative, educational yet easy-to-read exposé. This is what they don't want us to know.Published 4 months ago by Samita Sarkar
Im a vegan who sometimes needs help with explaining what it is that I am doing and why. This book is a really great for that.Published on March 26 2011 by Anny
Reading this book, to me, was like preaching to the converted, as I am already vegetarian, and 99% vegan. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2008 by Mohamjip
This book points out the reality of todays modern cattle production. It gives disturbing insights into what our future holds for us, unless we change our ways. Read morePublished on July 4 2004
THIS BOOK ALMOST MADE ME TROW UP WEN I READ THAT DEAD DOGS AND CATS ARE GRINDED AND FEED TO COWS!!!! Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by Metaphysical Diciple
Although I didn't think this book or its subject matter appealed to me, I acquiesed and took it from my friend upon her insistence. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Holland Lorant
This is a small book that's very easy to read. The author has a great sense of humor even when discussing grim subjects. Had me laughing out loud a few times. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2003